Thousands of teenagers are already queuing outside government offices hoping to join David Cameron’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) – although the start date is still a whole year away.
The Prime Minister launched the NCS, which will see 16-year-olds volunteering with charities from next summer, this week.
‘I can’t wait to get my hands on a NCS,’ said 16-year-old Zac who has been camping out outside his local Job Centre Plus for two days. ‘Although it doesn’t ship for another year, I want to be sure to get one.’ Zac said he’d heard a rumour that applicants also got a free iPod.
Andy (15) from East London said he’d heard the NCS was ‘like the Hitler Youth’ and he couldn’t wait to get going. ‘I’m up for it ,’ he said, bunching his fists.
Fourteen-year-old Jeb, who is at a special school, said he hoped to be sixteen by next year so that he could join the service.
William (15) from Barnsley said he agreed with the Prime Minister that the NCS would bring together children from different social backgrounds. ‘I’m hoping to spend a few weeks shagging middle class tarts,’ he said. ‘That’s what I call a real service to the community.’
Jen (15) said she’d always been keen to do voluntary work, ‘helping really old people and that. But I’m not bleedin’ doing it for peanuts,’ she added.