Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson gives backing to young pe

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with National Citizen Service programme co-ordinator Rosie O’Hagan.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson lent his support to young people in Maghull, Formby and Crosby who are taking part in the National Citizen Service programme. 

Bill met with Rosie O’Hagan, the co-ordinator of the programme who works with Catch 22, the organisation which runs the Sefton NCS programme.

Bill said: "I met some of the young people who took part in the Citizen Service project when it was run by Sefton CVS and was really impressed by their work and commitment, so I was really pleased when Rosie approached me and asked me to be involved in the project this year. 

"The programmes are mostly for 16 and 17 year olds and there are still a few places left, so anyone who still wants to apply can do so. The project is aimed at young people from all backgrounds and there are a few free places left for young people who cannot afford the £50 fee."

Rosie said: "The NCS programme is aimed at offering life changing experiences for pupils  aged 16 and 17 in Years 11 & 12, whether they are academic, sporty or creative and regardless of income or educational advantage. 

"Access is available to all schools and colleges whether state-funded, special, independent or pupil referral units and other young people who may not be in education. In certain cases for young people who may have a diagnosed disability the age range can be extended to 25. 

"We worked with 240 young people last year who raised 'goods in kind' in excess of £10,000 for their community by doing sponsored walks, sleeping rough to raise awareness of homelessness, promoted local foodbank, supported charities including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Claire House, Katie Ski Track, to name but a few.  

"This year we will be working with 465 young people and we are excited to see what differences they will be making not only to their community but their own personal growth and development."