From 2020, we will engage thousands of young people aged 16 and 17 in Calderdale, delivering National Citizen Service (NCS), a 4 week programme funded by the Government.
In partnership with EFL Trust, we have won the contract to continue the delivery of NCS from 2020 onwards, joining 65 Delivery Partners that will be managed by EFL Trust.
NCS is one of the fastest growing youth programmes, engaging 500,000 young people since piloting in 2009. The NCS experience will give young people a clearer idea of what they want from their future. They will take on fresh challenges, get a taste of independence, be given a platform to have their voices heard and deliver a social action project that will positively impact their local area.
Through EFL Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about, such as mental health, the environment and plastic waste.
We have delivered NCS since 2013, engaging over 1200 young people. During that time young people have delivered over 37,000 hours of social action in Bradford, Calderdale and Sheffield which has included raising funds for a variety of charities including Andysmanclub, Overgate Hospice, Age UK, and Children's Hospital. They have renovated local family & community centres by decorating and gardening, and hosted a number of events to promote health & wellbeing for children and families.
There have been many campaigns which highlighted young people’s passions, including campaigning against Plastic Pollution, producing a DVD resource which is used within schools, and working with ITV Fixers to produce posters/air fresheners which highlight road traffic incidents.
We also have young people who have become Food Ambassadors for the Children’s Future Food Enquiry, which saw them join actor Emma Thompson at Westminster to celebrate the publication of the report.
Ryaan graduated NCS Brathay Trust in 2014 and believes that the programme has changed his life;
Being a participant on NCS in 2014 opened many doors for me, it supported me with my confidence, took me to places and events I’d never experienced before, developed my self esteem, social networks and gave me some amazing friends who I class as my “NCS family”. We won awards for our social action programmes, but the best thing for me is that whilst studying at University I have worked on NCS for the last 4 years, supporting other young people to have the same experiences as those Brathay Trust gave me.
Julie Whiting, our Assistant Head of Children and Young People is delighted to be part of the new network of NCS delivery partners, saying;
NCS is a fantastic opportunity for all young people to take part in. To see how the programme has evolved and the impact this has on young people’s lives over the last 7 years is amazing and we feel proud to be part of the new network.
Chief Executive of NCS Trust, Michael Lynas said;
I’m incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years. As it moves into the next phase of its life, I’m confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.