Teens make their mark

Teens make their mark at local primary school. A group of community-minded young people have just made their mark by donating a day to helping renovate an outside learning area at Knowsley Lane Primary School in Knowsley.
The group of 17 and 18-year-olds have already completed their four-week National Citizen Service (NCS), the government’s flagship youth programme, which aims to help young people develop new skills, meet new people and contribute to a community project. However, the 15 teenagers opted to celebrate this year’s NCS Action Day by coming together once again to help transform the outside play and learning area at Knowsley Lane Primary School.
Knowsley Community College student Grace Humphrey, 17, also helped tidy up the school’s garden by trimming overgrown bushes and bringing fencing back to life with a lick of paint.
“I really enjoyed my NCS course and discovered a lot about myself, as well as experiencing lots of different activities and learning new skills,” she said.
Annemarie Longden from Ingeus, who co-ordinated the day, said: “Hopefully some of these new skills have been put to good use and the children here will be able to enjoy all the facilities to the full.”
“Our young people have worked hard and made such a difference, but they’ve also had great fun.
“The aim was for young people, who have already benefited from taking part in NCS, to come back together and choose another project they want to support. This group opted to tackle a job which is right at the heart of their community and, in doing so, are helping tell other young people about the great experience they could have by getting involved in NCS.”

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