UK National Citizen Service Launches in Barry and the Vale

The UK National Citizen Service (NCS) was launched in Wales last week and will be open to young people in Barry and across the Vale of Glamorgan. Local MP Alun Cairns is calling for applications to be made online or over the phone via ‘Engage 4 Life.’

The NCS is an exciting project that aims to help 16 and 17 year olds from different backgrounds to build skills for work and life, as young people take on new challenges and meet new friends. The scheme helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Local MP Alun Cairns launched the NCS scheme last week in his new capacity at the Wales Office. He told The Barry District that he wants to see young people from Barry and the Vale get involved and to benefit from the scheme that has been a huge success across England and Northern Ireland.

Mr Cairns said:

“I am delighted that this scheme is being extended to Wales. It gives young people in Barry the Vale of Glamorgan a chance to mix with people from different backgrounds and gain valuable life experiences. It will also help them develop important skills that they can take with them into the world of work. I want to see young people from Barry and the Vale get the first opportunity to take part in the scheme.

“This is a really exciting scheme and has been hailed as a huge success across England and Northern Ireland. The first applicants will start their activities during the October half term.

“Projects elsewhere in the UK have included attending state of the art activity centres, taking part in team sports and taking part in fantastic charitable events. I am delighted that the Welsh Government has decided to support the UK funded scheme. I look forward to seeing the benefits of NCS in Barry and the Vale.