Asghar: Extend National Citizen Service to Wales

Mohammad Asghar AM has called on the Welsh Government to England’s National Citizen Service to Wales.

National Citizen Service is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.

The scheme brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

Mr Asghar said: “The National Citizen Service in England aims to prepare teenagers for work through team building activities and community projects run by the third sector.  A pilot scheme on introducing such a scheme in Wales began in 2014.  I believe it is time the Welsh Government recognised the success of this scheme in England and introduced a National Citizen Service in Wales.”