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McCausland praises achievement of young people at National Citizen Service graduation ceremony

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has hailed the achievements of young people in the first National Citizen Service programme to take place in Northern Ireland
Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Minister was attending the graduation ceremony and was keen to show his support for the ‘Part to Play’ programme and the young people who participated in the initiative.

Minister McCausland said: “I would like to pay tribute to the young people who have participated in the 2012 programmes and hope that their experience will enable them to play an ongoing role in strengthening the communities they live in.

“The National Citizens’ Programme gives young people the chance to learn new skills and get involved in their communities. Young people’s contribution and ongoing commitment to their local communities is at the heart of the programme, helping them achieve all the benefits as citizens of the United Kingdom.

“The ‘Part to Play’ Programme is entirely complementary to the programmes my Department is delivering under Neighbourhood Renewal and Community Development, and also under my responsibilities for volunteering, where it aligns well with the Department’s Volunteering Strategy.”

The National Citizen Service programme has been delivered by a consortium of youth and community organisations, led by Co-operation Ireland, on behalf of the UK government and endorsed by the Department for Social Development locally in Northern Ireland.

National Citizen Service gives young people from different backgrounds valuable life experiences by putting them into teams away from home and setting them the task of finding solutions to local problems or issues that matter to them. It also enables them to develop important skills that they can take with them into the world of work.
The pilot programme in Northern Ireland has had a strong cross–community focus with 16 groups from the two main religious communities coming from both rural and urban areas across Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:

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  2. Photos of the event will be available on flickr