Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has met up with National Citizen Service (NCS) volunteers out in Gildredge Park as the young people take part in a summer programme of activities.

Two groups from the government-funded programme were undertaking social action in the town.

One was raising awareness of multiple sclerosis and the other was highlighting its campaign against public harassment and catcalling.

Caroline was joined by NCS public affairs advisor Miriam Jordan Keane and Lizzy Rees from the NCS Eastbourne Team for the visit.

She talked with the young people about their campaigns and how they were engaging with the public.

They also talked about the work of NCS, which offers summer and autumn programmes for 16- and 17-year-olds for just £50.

The aim of NCS is to foster a country of connected, confident and caring citizens where everyone feels at home.

“What a pleasure to meet with these inspiring local young people making the very best of the NCS programme this summer and I am a big fan of this initiative,” said Caroline.

“It was a fab visit and we talked about how beneficial the volunteering experience is to young people and how the NCS programme helped them build confidence in a work environment and learn fundamental skills like teamwork that will be of huge importance into adulthood.

“I was also really pleased to hear that NCS here in Eastbourne has achieved more than double its expected sign ups – meaning many more young people have taken part in this worthwhile programme.”

Miriam Jordan Keane added: “Many thanks to Caroline for taking the time to visit our programme in her hometown.

“She was brilliant with the young people as only a former teacher could be and she was really interested in our programme and how it helps our young people with a range of skills while taking them a little out of their comfort zone.

“Attending NCS helps young people with the life skills they need and helps them with future employment opportunities and training. I know Caroline was keen to talk about this important angle to what we offer.”