Monday 15th July marks World Youth Skills Day and two participants of Tranmere Rovers In the Community NCS programme have spoken about how the course has benefitted them.
TRIC will be working with hundreds of young people across the wider Wirral community this summer with the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme which is aimed at teenagers aged 15-17-years-old.
World Youth Skills Day is a United Nations-led celebration of young people and tackling youth unemployment around the world.
There are 1.2 billion young people across the globe which accounts for 16% of the world’s population.
The UN are aiming to achieve sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by a set target date including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.
Rovers’ Community Trust runs three-week programme's for participants to engage in, which teaches life skills and also offers residential trip opportunities.
Alfie O’Toole and Sam Loach, two of the participants, both enjoyed their three weeks on TRIC’s NCS programme, which is based at the Recreation Centre at Prenton Park.
“In our first week, we went to Oaklands in Buxton where we did a load of outdoor activities, hiking, climbing, abseiling and loads of different activities,” Alfie said.
“We’ve learnt how to give first aid which can save people’s lives.
“In the second week we went to the University of Chester’s campus where we spent five days there and did different courses and in the second week it was more life skills and the difference that we can make,” Sam added.
“This week, we are giving back to the community and we are also volunteering and going to a care home to play bingo.
“I have learnt to be a lot more confidence and gained leadership skills and it has been really fun and worth it and I would recommend it.”