Historic landmark Codnor Castle has played host to a group of proactive young adults who helped spruce the site up as part of a National Citizen Service project.
The National Citizen Service is a scheme set up to help young people aged 16 to 17 build essential skills for work and life, as well as being a chance to take on new challenges and meet new friends.
The scheme runs throughout the spring, summer and autumn. It sees youngsters spend a short time away from home to take part in a team project that will also help the community.
Rokia Brown, chairperson of Codnor Castle Preservation Society said: “We had eight students from Derby College here for two days working throughout the day in a bid to do maintenance projecets around the castle.
“We split them up into groups and had some of them doing general grounds maintenance making sure everything was looking good while another group painted the kitchen.”
Emma Webster, from the citizen service, spoke highly of the National Citizen Service and the role it plays in the development of young people. She said: “These young people are giving up four weeks of their summer working on community projects and have chosen to come to Codnor Castle.
“It’s great for their development and they’ll gain vital skills as a result of the team building.
“Not only will they receive a graduation certificate upon completing the service but they’ll have a greatly enhanced CV which will help them in the long run when looking to gain employment.”
Captions: nrhn-04-09-14-codnor1 : Students from Derby College at Codnor Castle as part of the National Citizen Service with Codnor Castle’s chairperson Rokia Brown
nrhn-04-09-13-codnor2 : Smiles from above. One of the students strikes a pose from an upper window at Codnor Castle
nrhn-04-09-13-codnor3 : students helped give some of the rooms a lick of paint
nrhn-04-09-13-codnor4 : Codnor Castle
nrhn-04-09-13-codnor5 : Bushes are strimmed to keep the castle grounds looks neat