Commonly regarded as the UK's flagship youth programme, NCS is a four-week programme that takes place during the school holidays, where 16 and 17-year olds learn new skills by going on outward bound activities, meet new friends from different backgrounds and create social action projects, such as the school garden make-over, to benefit their local community.
Stephen helped a team of 13 young people plant, weed and tidy the garden of Featherstone Wood Primary School in Stevenage, ensuring it is in pristine condition for the pupils' return in September.
The Conservative MP for Stevenage since 2010, Stephen said: "It is wonderful seeing young people give something back to their local community as part of their NCS adventure. Every year those involved have a great time, learn more about taking a lead and make decisions on how they can get support the local area."
The teens renovating the garden have already spent time enjoying outdoor sports and activities at High Adventure camp at Beaudesert in Staffordshire and living away from home with a stay at the University of Essex's Colchester campus. They have gathered donations of garden supplies from local suppliers and laid a new path in the school garden.
NCS is delivered regionally by Ingeus in partnership with Stevenage FC Foundation.
Dani Burge, NCS Project Officer for Stevenage FC Foundation said: "It was great introducing Stephen to our NCS participants and he was keen to learn at first-hand the positive outcomes the programme brings to young people and communities. He spent time helping in the garden and talking to the teenagers, he genuinely enjoyed his visit.