MP with young people

MPs visit their local NCS programmes

Last week marked the start of a series of MP visits to NCS programmes taking place across the country. The Challenge’s public affairs and policy team have been working hard to get as many MPs involved as possible and we hope to arrange around 50 visits this summer.

These visits are a great way to showcase what the programme has to offer young people up and down the country, and offers a chance for participants to ask their MP questions about their roles and the area they represent.

We kicked off the visits on Tuesday 9 July with Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, meeting young people taking part in Hillingdon. As it was their pitch day – where the young people ‘pitch’ their ideas to a panel, in the style of Dragon’s Den – participants practised in front of Mr Hurd and got some feedback from him before then doing the real thing.

One of the groups, which was partnered with a care home, had even prepared a financial breakdown of the money it wanted to raise and how it would be spent. They also had some prototypes for gifts they were making for the home’s residents. Very impressive!

On Friday 12 July, Justine Greening, MP for Putney, visited a group at St George’s University in Tooting during their public speaking skills day. Her message to them was clear, saying: “Why wait until your 20s to start shaping your community?” Luckily, they’re starting now – as these youngsters are in the midst of planning their social action project this week.

We also had two visits on the same day in the Buckingham and Berkshire region. Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, met young people in Reading on their pitch day and Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough, took the time to speak with NCSers from Slough about their social action projects on Friday.

He said: “It was a pleasure to meet such an inspiring group of young people in Slough and to see the great things they have already accomplished on programme. Their plans for upcoming social action projects are fantastic and are set to have a great impact on the local community. I look forward to hearing all about their achievements over the remainder of their time on NCS.”

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