MP Bill Esterson congratulates young people from Maghull, Formby

Bill Esterson with young people who took part in the National Citizen Service scheme

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson congratulated young people from throughout Sefton who have taken part in the National Citizen Service.
 
 Bill was invited to go along to speak to more than 30 young people at Crosby Youth Centre to talk about their experiences on the course.
 
The National Citizen Service is a voluntary scheme for 16 and 17 year olds which gives participants the chance to take part in a variety of activities while also carrying out work in the community helping community groups and charities.
 
Youngsters from Range High in Formby, Chesterfield High in Crosby and Maricourt High in Maghull, joined other students from Bootle and Southport on the scheme.
 
The scheme saw the young people from Sefton go out on a week-long residential, with some going to Tawd Vale and others going to Conway. Week two saw them going to Edge Hill University where they tried their hand at a range of activities including drama, music, arts and sports. Week three involved a designing a business idea or community scheme which in week four is carried out.
 
Bill congratulated all of the young people for taking part.
 
Bill said: "After speaking to those who have taken part in this scheme, it is evident that each and everyone one of them has been on a journey.
 
"Considering they were all strangers on the first day, the bonds they have created and the friendships they have made will last for a lifetime.
 
"They have also picked up skills which they can use in later life and taken part in activities which will stand out on a CV.
 
"So as well as avoiding getting bored over the long summer holidays and having the chance to try out activities which they probably wouldn't get the chance to take part in otherwise, our communities, community groups and charities here in Sefton benefited.
 
"One group cleared a site to be used by the Scouts in Crosby, while another group raised more than £1,000 through fundraising for the local Venus charity."
 
Bill thanked everyone who was involved in the National Citizen Service scheme.
 
Bill said: "There have been lots of groups here in Sefton who have supported the National Citizen Service scheme, including Sefton CVS and Sefton Youth Services, which has enabled this to be held.
 
"Hundreds of young people have taken part and benefited, as have our communities here in Sefton.
 
"I'd like to thank everyone who supported the scheme, all of the coordinators and group leaders and all of the young people who took part.
 
"I am sure that this is a scheme which will grow year on year."
 
Bill Esterson with young people who took part in the National Citizen Service scheme