Young people from across Oxfordshire are being invited to take part in this year’s Summer Challenge – a free-of-charge programme for 16 and 17 year olds in the county, aimed at improving skills and offering young people new experiences to help their future. Summer Challenge runs from Thursday 26 July to Friday 31 August 2012, and consists of activities designed to bring out the best in participants, teach them new skills, challenge themselves and enable them to make new friends, while giving something back to their community.

The programme is part of a government initiative, the National Citizen Service (NCS), which focuses on the personal and social development of young people, while supporting local communities as part of the Big Society agenda. The programme will open at the beginning of the summer holidays with activities and team building exercises including the excitement of surfing and gorge-walking, and the fantastic opportunity to develop and deliver their own social action projects. Oxfordshire County Council is one of the key delivery partners for the scheme running across England, which saw over 8,000 participants complete the programme last year. Once participants have registered an interest, programme representatives will get in touch to discuss the scheme in more detail. There are 105 places in Oxfordshire up for grabs so don’t miss out!

To take part in this fantastic scheme, young people simply need to express an interest in the programme either via leaflets in schools, Early Intervention Hubs, the County Council’s Oxcentric website or the National Citizen Service website. They will then be sent a sign up pack, and once parental consent is given, the registration will begin.

For full information about the summer challenge please talk to a member of the Summer Challenge team on 01865 896282 / 815870 or email: annette.richards@oxfordshire.gov.uk or ryan.johnson@oxfordshire.gov.uk