KATE Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, was delighted to meet Stretford resident Katie Willett in Parliament. Katie was selected to become a national ambassador for National Citizen Service (NCS).

Established in 2011, NCS is a three to four week programme that brings together 15 to 17 year olds from a range of backgrounds to face outdoor challenges, learn skills for life and work, extend their social networks and make their mark on their community.

Katie has already undertaken a range of volunteering projects, including making dens and educational notice boards for children at Sale Water Parks and clearing up the outside area at the Trafford Music Service.

The 17-year-old is a student at Xaverian College, and first first got involved in NCS after representatives from the body spoke to pupils at her school about the programme.

She said: “My first time at NCS completely changed my life; it really built my confidence and opened up so many different opportunities. I realised that NCS was so much more than just something to write on my personal statement or university application form!

“After my first summer programme at NCS, I was determined to get more involved, so I returned to the programme a year later as a mentor, to share my unforgettable journey with others. I was then incredibly honoured to be picked as an NCS ambassador for the UK!”

As an ambassador, Katie spent her recent half term taking part in an intensive residential programme to further develop her leadership potential.