I had the pleasure of welcoming three students from Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Rory Bryson, Liam Robinson Meikle and James Scott, to Westminster to hear all about their experiences volunteering whilst taking part in the National Citizen Service. The students joined other young people representing the youth social action charity vInspired and met with charity minister Tracey Crouch to discuss the skills and experiences they gained as volunteers, and how they can get more young people involved in volunteering in their local community. Last year, young people in the North East contributed over 136,000 volunteering hours to local communities through the NCS programme, which is delivered by vInspired in partnership with the National Youth Agency. I am always so impressed with the change the NCS programme makes to the lives and aspirations of students and it was great to welcome Hexham students to Westminster to discuss how to make the scheme even better in the future. The NCS programme is incredibly rewarding and teaches young people essential skills and abilities- if you are 16 or 17, I would definitely encourage you to take part.