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West Sussex County Council encourages local teens to change their lives this summer

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Young people are being invited to change their lives this summer by signing up to popular youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service (NCS).

Recent research has revealed that the nationwide NCS programme, which is delivered by West Sussex County Council in Arun and Chichester, can help young people get into university.

NCS also helps young people get jobs and improve their career prospects by giving them access to unique volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Nikki Hamilton-Street, NCS Team Manager at the County Council, said: “We have an exciting summer ahead with young people able to join us on the Isle of Wight for a week of personal challenges and staying in tepees.

“There is then a further opportunity for young people to develop skills for life that can help them make their mark in their community.”

The latest research, which analyses data provided by UCAS, shows that university admission is about more than just exam grades with NCS grads 12% more likely to get into university than non-NCS grads. Since its launch in 2009, NCS has given more than 300,000 young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to spend four weeks experiencing the great outdoors, learning important life skills and volunteering in their local community.

Michael Lynas, CEO at NCS, said: “This new research shows that NCS helps young people to get on in life and gives them vital life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. I’d urge all sixteen year olds in the area to take part in NCS after GCSEs this summer. Not only will they make new friends and have an adventure, they will also be fast tracking their future.”

NCS, which recently received Royal Assent making NCS part of the law of the land, is open to 15-17 years in England.

This year a record 100,000 young people are signed up to take part in NCS and (Insert name of spokesperson) who runs (insert name of local organisation) is urging young people to sign up for summer places before they run out.

To sign up to NCS this summer, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk and quote WSCC as the provider. Or to find out more, email ncs@westsussex.gov.uk.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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