MP Julian Huppert met students who have signed up for the National Citizen Service programme yesterday (Wednesday, August 20) at Cambridge’s Hills Road Sixth Form College.
The teenagers aged 16 and 17 are being given the chance to take part in outward bound activities and create community projects as part of the summer scheme.
Julian joined them as they prepared cakes for a stall they were setting up to raise money for Age Concern.
He said: “I am delighted that these teenagers are taking part in this programme which gives them a chance to try out new activities while giving back to the community at the same time.
“We have excellent young people in Cambridge and a strong community spirit. It’s great to see them taking part in such a worthwhile programme over their summer holidays.
“I met many of the people who took part last year and they really enjoyed it. I hope it will encourage many more to do the same.”
Previous participants have organised events such as music gigs to raise money for a hospice and ‘sleep-outs’ to raise awareness of homelessness.
The National Citizen Service programme costs a maximum of £50 for each young person, but is free for those receiving free school meals. It is being run across the East of England by employment and skills provider Reed in Partnership.