Cotswold MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, joins students from Cirencester College at the launch of the National Citizens Service Initiative in South Cerney
A GROUP of Cirencester College students were surprised when their local MP turned up for their week of outdoor adventure.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for the Cotswolds, recently attended the launch of the National Citizens Service Initiative (NCS), which was launched by Cirencester College and held in South Cerney.
The NCS was introduced by David Cameron in 2010 and gives young people aged between 16 and 17 the chance to take part in outdoor activities such as orienteering and building shelters.
The scheme aims to get young people engaging with their community and will see Cirencester students work in partnership with The Independence Trust to raise awareness of enduring mental illnesses in the area.
Speaking after the visit, Mr Clifton-Brown said: “The National Citizens Service here in Cirencester offers a fantastic programme for young people in the area to get outdoor and stuck in a huge variety of different tasks.
“The NCS is an excellent example of how the people of the Cotswolds make the most of every opportunity possible and after seeing the young people here today I am confident that attitude is set to continue.”
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