20 JUL 2018

Helen Delves into the Den

Helen Grant MP paid a visit to the National Citizen Service project in Maidstone Town Centre last week.

NCS is a nationwide programme for 15 to 17 year olds, which aims to build the confidence and self-belief of young people by providing them with opportunities to learn new skills and meet exciting new people.

On this particular occasion Helen heard the young people's plans for their respective social action and fundraising projects in a 'Dragons Den' style presentation. She was joined on the panel by Bob Stiddard from accountancy firm Stiddard Ltd and Jessica McQueen, Director of Ebbsfleet United.

The 30 young people, from schools across the Maidstone area, had spent the morning preparing their pitches and planning their campaigns. They then each presented to the panel on topics including animal rights and young people's mental health. The teams will be putting their projects into action this week and will be drumming up support in Fremlin Walk.

Helen said, 'I have been a supporter of the National Citizen Service ever since its inception and today reminded me of just how powerful the project is in developing our young people

The young people involved are hugely impressive and I was inspired by the social action projects they have developed in such a short space of time. I wish them luck this week and, if you are around Maidstone town centre, why not pay them a visit in Fremlin Walk and pledge your support to their cause.

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