Northampton teens build skills in holiday programme

Kerris Cronin-Harrold
Kerris Cronin-Harrold

Hundreds of teenagers from across Northamptonshire are giving up their time to help their communities and learn new skills as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS is a government-backed initiative that gives 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to build vital skills likes teamwork, leadership and confidence, while taking on challenges, meeting people and contributing to their community.

Among those taking part is 16-year-old Kerris Cronin-Harrold from Northampton, who said: “It’s been really fun so far. I’ve met so many new people and joined in activities like orienteering and rock climbing, but I’m looking forward to experiencing what university will be like and knowing that my experience on NCS will help me in the future.

“My favourite part has definitely been that I could experience new things that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

“Taking part in NCS has encouraged me to come out of my shell and really pushed me to take on challenges I never thought I could. I now feel much more confident in my skills and abilities heading into applying for university.”

She added: “I’d recommend NCS to anyone thinking about joining. If I hadn’t signed up, I would’ve just been bored at home playing on my Xbox, but instead I’ve made loads of new friends and got to take part in amazing activities, all of which will really help me to prepare for my future.”

Phil Everett, communications manager for NCS in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “The teens have just completed their adventure weeks and taste of student life, which focuses on developing vital skills and taking part in CV building workshops. The next two weeks will give them the opportunity to plan and implement a social action project that will benefit their hometowns.”

Young people can now sign up for the NCS autumn programme, which takes place during the October half term. To find out more, call Phil on 01522 574152 or email

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