Citizenship for Life work scheme expands in Cornwall

A scheme which takes teenagers to prisons and hospitals to meet inspirational people will be extended in Cornwall.

The Citizenship for Life project, which originally started in Falmouth and Helston, is to be expanded to Newquay.

Organisers said it enabled teenagers to get an insight into the working world and could make them more employable.

The 13 and 14-year-olds are assigned mentors and taken on work visits throughout the year-long scheme.

'Facing personal challenge'

The scheme is funded by private sponsorship from local businesses.

Founder Charlotte Chadwick said: "We look for young people who are all facing a personal challenge of some sort in their lives."

David Chadwick, from the organisation, said: "We want the young people to come out of it with a better awareness of what it means to be a good citizen, how the services work and hopefully make them more employable."

In 2012, 12 teenagers were involved in the scheme.