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Angela Rayner MP meets local teens on NCS

Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, joined a group of Tameside teenagers taking part in the NCS (National Citizen Service) Summer programme, delivered by Catch22.

19 July 2022

Labour Deputy Leader and Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner, met participants at Moravian College in Droylsden during their final day of NCS, following the culmination of their social action projects that have made a positive impact.

During her visit she spoke to the young people about their NCS experience and to Catch22 staff to hear more about working and supporting local young people.

The NCS programme takes place in the summer holidays and brings together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, to help them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

Across the North West, NCS is managed by The Growth Company and in Tameside is delivered by Catch22.

The young people told Ms Rayner about the social action projects they had planned and carried out which included support for local care home residents who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Another team spent their week helping out the charity The River Manchester, an organisation that empowers survivors of domestic abuse. At their store on Ashton Old Road, the young people took on roles such as sorting donations, updating IT systems, serving customers and cooking and making teas and coffees in their cafe.

Angela Rayner MP said:

“I always love meeting my younger constituents and hearing about the wonderful things they are doing.

“It was brilliant to meet this group of teenagers. They’re a great bunch and had lots of questions for me about my work in parliament and how I deal with misogyny and online trolls.

“I hope all participants will keep hold of the things they have learnt during the NCS programme and put their newfound skills to use as they make their way in life.”

Two of the teenagers, Leonie Saxon and Katie Lamb, have even been taken on as volunteers for the remainder of their summer holidays.

Leonie, 15, said:

“NCS has been really good. I’d have been sitting at home doing nothing otherwise.

“Two weeks ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to walk into a shop and ask for work experience, but now after building my confidence, doing a public speaking workshop and hearing about volunteering opportunities I’ve been able to do just that. It’s been nice to learn about the community and have opportunities to help others”

Jon Matthews, NCS Contract Manager at Catch22 said:

“I was so proud of our young people for asking some personal and challenging questions around mental health, female leadership and politics.”

“Angela Rayner’s visit topped off a fantastic experience for our young people. It was a pleasure to hear from Angela who gave some truly inspirational words of wisdom to our future generation.”

Mark Gifford, CEO at NCS Trust, said:

“Having our most influential politicians join NCS programmes adds so much value to the experience of our young people. Their connectivity to politics and their community has risen and you could tell by their intent listening and engaging questions that this was an incredible experience for them”.

“I thank Angela for her time and dedication to her young constituents.”


Find out more:

  • There are places available for 16-17 year olds to take part in the autumn half-term.  To book your place now, visit
  • Read our latest stories series, from young people who have taken part in NCS with Catch22
  • See if Catch22 delivers NCS in your local area