"IT'S the best youth programme to come out of Westminster."
That's the view of Lee Stephens from the Grimsby Town Football Club Trust, which has overseen the delivery of various voluntary projects for 16 and 17 year olds in the area.
Through the National Citizen Service (NCS), which is government funded, Social Action schemes were set up for young people to make a positive impact on the local community and gain valuable life experiences.
One group of 15 young people constructed a mini golf course and staged a week-long programme of activities for residents at Cranwell Court Care Home, on Cambridge Road, in Grimsby.
The aim of the NCS is to give participants the opportunity to get ahead by undertaking fresh experiences and learning new skills during their summer holidays, which will attract employers and further education institutions.
Lee said: "It's a great way for them to develop their leadership and decision-making in a safe and structured environment, as well as meeting lots of new people and having fun.
"Over the course of a fortnight, more than 200 volunteers have donated more than 6,000 hours of service to communities across North East Lincolnshire."
As part of the programme they undertook a challenging residential trip to the Lake District.
Hannah Ardon, 16, of Waltham, is looking to go to Grimsby Institute for a level three qualification in computing.
She said: "It's been an experience that I wouldn't really have imagined; it's been great meeting new people and our group in particular has really connected quickly and become friends - as if we've known each other for years and years.
"We've had to overcome some difficult challenges but we've just gone along with it and it's changed me as a person; it doesn't bother me anymore to form new relationships and that's a good thing."
Tom Holmes, 16, of Scartho, said: "It's been interesting; it's been a lot of fun but we've had some difficult moments too.
"We've worked as a team and got through it, helping each other with different challenges. It's helped me develop new skills, I've met new people and that's another positive of the course."
NCS team leader Becky Crainie, 23, said: "It's a great scheme, they get so much from it in terms of confidence and they've developed during their time here.
"Now they've got skills that will serve them well in their future careers."
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers said: "I've spent some time visiting this programme in the area and it's encouraging to see a group of young people come together and enjoy themselves; it shows commitment to the local community and it will benefit the residents here.
"It's a very worthwhile project that will continue to go from strength to strength and it has my full backing."
Other projects included: a sports and crafts festival at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, the renovation of the sports pavilion at Mount Pleasant, in Waltham, and garden improvements at Immingham's Bert Boydon Care Home.