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Mike Gapes MP meets young people taking part in National Citizen Service in Ilford

Mike Gapes MP (Labour, Ilford South) joined a group of his young constituents who are taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS), a nationwide youth programme which brings together 15 - 17 years olds to learn new skills during the school holidays. Young people participating in NCS take part in a variety of activities, including personal and team challenges, which benefit our local community.

About 8,000 young people in North London will take part in NCS this summer. During his visit, Mr Gapes met NCS participants in their third week of the programme and gave his support to their work that aims to:

· develop their confidence, leadership, communication and teamwork at Great Potheridge House in Devon

· learn skills for life and work, such as teamwork, budgeting and public speaking

· volunteer with and fundraise for local organisations and charities including Sense and GROW Community Garden

Mike saw first-hand how NCS is helping to develop participants’ public speaking skills and project planning, while boosting community engagement across the country. He was a panel member during the ‘Dragons Den’ section of the programme, where the young people pitch their social action projects to a small group of community leaders, who then decide how much funding each group will receive.

Mike Gapes MP said: “I’m proud to see so many young people from Redbridge spending their Summer giving back to their local community. The National Citizen Service programme does a fantastic job of connecting passionate, talented young people with a variety of local community groups and charities. Each of the NCS teams today set out a clear case for support and presented in a professional manner. I can’t wait to hear about how their projects come to life over the next few days”

To find out more about NCS, or to sign up to take part, please visit: www.ncsthechallenge.org

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