Former prime minister David Cameron joins NCS teens for outdoor adventure activities
At the beginning of August former prime minister David Cameron joined a group of nearly 100 young people from Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, as they took part in the first week of the National Citizen Service programme with The Challenge's local delivery partner Action4Youth.
David Cameron, who's also chair of the NCS Board of Patrons, met the young people on Thursday 2 August at Croft Farm Water Park in Gloucestershire where they were enjoying outdoor team-building activities such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, archery and canoeing.
During his visit, David Cameron spoke to the young people about their NCS experience and the staff to hear more about working and supporting local young people. He says: "I was delighted to meet a group of young people today, making the most of their NCS experience. Each time I visit NCS, I'm inspired by the incredible impact it's having, helping youngsters grow their skills, confidence and understanding of the world around them. Over 400,000 young people have now had the chance to take part in this life-changing programme and I look forward to seeing even more teens benefitting from it in the years to come."
Action4Youth is one the 19 local delivery partners that The Challenge works with nationally, and they've welcomed almost 430 young people to their programme this summer. As a small youth charity they specialise in delivering a local and personalised programme.
Jenifer Cameron, Action4Youth’s CEO, said: “We were really pleased to welcome David Cameron to our NCS programme and for him to meet a group of NCS participants. It gave him a chance to see how NCS is helping to change the lives of teens from Aylesbury Vale and across Buckinghamshire.”
Chloe Russell, delivery partner manager at The Challenge, said: "It was a pleasure to welcome David Cameron to the NCS programme in Buckinghamshire to see what the programme does best including bringing young people together from different backgrounds to develop their confidence and make lasting friendships. It was clear that the teens were having a fantastic time doing the water activities, bonding them as a group before they go on to learn more skills and start their social action projects in their local community."
Find out more about David Cameron's role as the Chair of the NCS Board of Patrons here.