Teenage volunteers on track to learn new skills with Rocks by Rail

National Citizens Service volunteers and mentors with Rocks By Rail charity secretary Simon Layfield, front, and Rocks By rail public relations organiser Jim Day, back
National Citizens Service volunteers and mentors with Rocks By Rail charity secretary Simon Layfield, front, and Rocks By rail public relations organiser Jim Day, back
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Teenagers have been working hard to create a nature trail and study area at a Rutland museum.

Volunteers from the National Citizen Service scheme have been working at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore to improve facilities for visitors.

The teenagers are among 500 people from Rutland and Lincolnshire who have dedicated 15,000 hours to community projects as part of the scheme, which aims to provide new challenges and experiences for young people during the school holiday.

Spokesman Phil Everett said: “Not only does the scheme build character and confidence in its participants, but it also teaches the importance of public service and giving back to the local community by dedicating personal time to help others.”

The volunteers have been gardening, cleaning and painting the museum’s facilities.

They have also attended a week-long residential holiday at an adventure centre and improved their employability skills at CV-building workshops.

Sixteen-year-old Alice Robinson, of Uppingham, said: “NCS has really helped me build my confidence. It has helped me step out of my comfort zone, face my fears and try things I wouldn’t normally do.

“I’m really glad I’ve done NCS because it has been great fun and kept me busy this summer.”