Twelve teenagers have graduated from a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme that helps young people to build skills for work and life.
Catch22, part of the NCS network, offers 16 and 17 year olds across the country the chance to gain new skills, confidence and experience by completing the week-long programme in the school half term.
The SMART team in Eastbourne decided to demonstrate their new aptitude by holding a Life and Social Skills event for children between the ages of seven and 12 at Hampden Park Community Centre.
The group aimed to improve the confidence and interaction of the children through cooking, icebreaker games, cake making and decorating and arts and crafts.
Many youngsters turned up to the successful day, held on December, 1, and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd also dropped in to congratulate the teenagers on the work they were doing as part of the programme.
Kay Rufai, staff member at Catch22, said, “This group of young people from Eastbourne, East Sussex have been inspiring to work with, watching them grow personally as well as getting a wider sense of the community around them and how to perfectly co-exist in the same society while making a positive difference has been a humbling and fulfilling experience.”
The programme was designed as a way to help young people steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in school or college and develop skills for work, live independently on leaving care or custody.
The students attended a graduation ceremony last week, held at the Suncoast Church, and attended by Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson.