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The latest Sefton graduates of a flagship Government initiative for 16 and 17-year-olds have been honoured for their achievements.
36 young people took part in the autumn National Citizen Service (NCS) programme which was run by Sefton CVS and partner organisations including Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Sefton Education Business Partnership.
The programme involved participants in outdoor activities, learning new skills and making a difference to life in their area by taking part in a range of community action projects.
This community work, which helped to raise more than £6,000 for their chosen projects, was recognised at a presentation ceremony at the Park Hotel in Netherton.
The good causes to benefit included Megz Legz which helps a disabled girl in Maghull, Claire House Children’s Hospice, disability charity Daisy UK and the Seaglam local heritage campaign in Seaforth.
The NCS graduates were presented with certificates signed by the Prime Minister, plus additional certificates from Sefton Volunteer Centre and Heartstart first aid certificates from North West Ambulance Service.
NCS Project Manager, Simone McCaskill, commented: “The autumn NCS programme proved just as successful as the summer one earlier in the year.
“As well as meeting new people and learning new skills the young people have the satisfaction of knowing that their contributions made a real difference to the organisations they worked with.”
The ceremony also featured the presentation of £50 prizes to some of the young people who had also won the Drive to Arrive poster competition run by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service - Amy Pritchett, Rebecca Howard, Sarah McClements and Becky Kayll.
Drive to Arrive is an initiative to reduce accidents involving drivers aged from 16 to 25.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager, John Cousins, explained: “We were impressed with the enthusiasm of the young people who took part in this competition to promote safe driving.
“We rescue more people from crashes on roads than from house fires each year, so it’s very important to reduce the number of accidents.”