St Leonards teenager Ellie Varley has been chosen from thousands across the country to become a National Citizen Service Leader.
Ellie, aged 17, was selected for the role following her determination and enthusiasm when developing a social action project within her local community as part of the country’s flagship youth programme, National Citizen Service.
Last Summer Ellie’s community project involved organising three separate events to raise money for local charity, Friary Gardeners who work with adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
Recently Ellie spent an intensive week acquiring new skills including leadership, teamwork, project planning and media and digital communications, after being selected as one of 100 National Citizen Service Leaders in the UK.
Like many teenagers locally, Ellie gave up her Summer to take part in the NCS programme, where she met other young people from different backgrounds, took on outdoor challenges and made a positive difference in her community.
Running across the country during school holidays, the two-three week programme is open to 16 and 17 year olds and costs no more than £50.
As part of the leadership programme, Ellie participated in various workshops focusing on personal and social development, including presenting, leadership skills and problem solving skills.
Sessions were delivered by government departments and top business and community partners including No10 Downing Street, Cabinet Office, Accenture, Bloomberg, Google, Just Giving and Sport Relief.
Commenting on becoming an NCS Leader Ellie said, “I’m so excited to become an NCS Leader, my role in the team changed by the day, adapting to new challenges on a daily basis, organising each person and dealing with issues.
“My group leader called me motivational, I tried to be a friend to everybody there, highlighting all the good things about incredible members of our team”.
Commenting on Amy’s achievement, Charlie Sunderland from CXK, the Regional Delivery Partner for the South East, said: “Ellie thoroughly deserves this recognition. Her dedication on NCS was incredible and Ellie, truly immersed herself into all the activities, particularly the social action project.”
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