Diss student hails NCS youth programme as “life-changing”

Danni Davis of Diss High School graduating from the NCS programme.
Danni Davis of Diss High School graduating from the NCS programme.

A Diss High School sixth form student has described a new youth programme as the best experience of her life, saying it helped overcome her fears and left her better prepared for the future.

Danni Davis, 17, from Diss, took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), an initiative aimed at helping 16-17 year olds cope with the pressure of change and making important life decisions, after revealing she had been dealing with stress and anxiety issues.

She said: “The jump from GCSE and high school, to A-levels and sixth form, was a really difficult change for me. I wasn’t aware of just how big a leap it was going to be.

“I was struggling with confidence and anxiety, and numerous times I felt like giving up and doing something else.

“When NCS came along, I was shy and nervous, but choosing to take part was one of the best life choices I have ever made.”

Danni, who now aims to go to university after completing her A-levels, encouraged others her age to be open and accepting about their problems.

“Teenagers who are stressed out may think they’re not supported even when they are,” she added.