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Henry Smith MP has spoken during a debate on National Citizen Service to praise the scheme’s delivery in Crawley, and to hail the work of young people who have graduated from the programme locally.

The Crawley MP was speaking in the House of Commons during the second reading of the NCS Bill on Monday, 16th January.

Henry commented;

“Having had the pleasure of attending a number of NCS events in Crawley including presenting certificates to local graduates, I wanted to highlight the example of local people taking part in the scheme. The fact that so many are still involved is striking, and they are playing their part in ensuring even more young people begin their journey with NCS.

“One of the key aspects of NCS is to teach young people the skills they can’t learn in class. Most NCS participants believe that in the year after graduating, they’ve already benefited from their time in the scheme. The programme increases wellbeing and lowers levels of anxiety, with the greatest impact being found among those from the poorest backgrounds.

“I’m proud of our young people taking part in NCS, organised locally by the Crawley Town Community Foundation. Last year, participants worked to help good causes including Crawley Open House, the Springboard Project, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre and Save the Children. In doing so, they raised £7,400 and volunteered a total of over 7,500 hours of their time.”

National Citizen Service lasts for up to four weeks, with no cost to parents who cannot afford it. It is open to all 15 to 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland. There is a focus on personal and social development in a relaxed environment, including the design and delivery of a social action project.

Henry continued;

“Nationally, NCS sees a higher proportion of young people eligible for free school meals taking part compared to people the same age among the general population.

“Financial support is available for the one-off £50 fee, and the National Audit Office have stated that the average contribution last year was just £30 as a result of concessions and bursaries.

“NCS not only enables young people to learn new skills and make new friends, it will open them up to opportunities they may not have even known about. I’d urge all 15 to 17-year-olds to look into signing up.”

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.



Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.


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