NCS response to Coronavirus
Last Updated: 23/07/2020
To our NCS Community,
We hope you are continuing to stay safe and well during these times.
With lockdown beginning to ease and more places becoming open to the public, everyone - from national organisations to local food banks, charities to corner shops, your neighbours to care homes - is going to need a little more help to get back to whatever ‘normal’ is going to be.
That’s why we’ve started Keep Doing Good - your opportunity to help the country get back on its feet through volunteering and social action this summer. All you have to do is pledge to give some of your time to your local community. However you choose to help, you’ll pick up new skills, create positive change and get all of our futures off to a good start.
And don’t forget to keep checking out the Staying Connected hub for all sorts of great content. From quizzes to think pieces, challenges to debates, interviews to volunteering opportunities...we’ve got it all!
To our NCS Community,
We hope you are all well and staying safe.
We want to thank you for understanding our decision to repurpose our Summer 2020 programme, and for your patience as we work through alternatives for Autumn.
As we await decisions from the government about when lockdown could and will be lifted, and what that will mean for all of us over the next few months, we’ve had to put some serious thought into how our Autumn 2020 programme is going to work.
As we want the programme to be the best - and safest - experience for every one of you taking part, we’ve had to make the hard decision to take out the residential element of the programme this year.
But don’t worry, you’ll still get epic adventures, fun with new mates, and the opportunity to make a real difference in a post lockdown world. You’ll just also get to go home and sleep in your own bed every night. Nice.
Once we’ve got the ins-and-outs of the re-imagined Autumn programme sorted, we’ll let you know. And in the meantime, let’s all make sure we’re Staying Connected.
To our NCS Community,
We hope you’re all staying safe and well.
In our last update, we mentioned that due to government guidelines, we’re repurposing our Summer 2020 programme, and would soon be launching the first stage of our free summer experience.
And we’re happy to announce that our new Staying Connected hub is now live for you all to enjoy!
The hub has been created especially for you, and will be regularly filled with content to keep you inspired, provide some laughs, and make you think.
From skill builders to creative inspiration, challenges to think pieces, we’re going to turn ‘no you can’t’ into ‘No We Can’ this summer.
Head this way for everything you need to be epic, live life, do good, and of course, go party.
To our NCS Community,
As we welcome in another week under lockdown guidelines, we hope you are all staying safe and staying indoors.
It is with that in mind, that we - alongside the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - have made the difficult decision to repurpose our summer programme planned for June, July and August. Refund options will be offered to all participants who have signed up for the Summer 2020 programme to date.
We know that this will be very disappointing to you all but given the uncertainty of this time, and the importance of social distancing, the programme - in its traditional format - is not possible. We must instead focus on helping the containment of coronavirus and safeguarding the health of everyone.
We are however working with the DCMS and our partners to create an alternate free NCS Summer 2020 experience including:
STAYING CONNECTED: Launching soon across all NCS channels, our digital hub focussing on skills and life lessons not learnt in the classroom, based on elements of our traditional programme; Be Epic, Live Life, Do Good and Go Party.
KEEP DOING GOOD: Creating a motivated and inspired group of those signed up for Summer 2020, NCS grads and alumni, who are ready to volunteer and help the country get back on its feet once lockdown has been lifted, and we are in a safe position to restore and reconstruct our society and begin adapting to a new normal.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to adopt our No We Can attitude and make this summer one to remember. It may be in a different way than anticipated, but we are committed to our vision of bringing young people together as connected, confident, and caring citizens.
MOVING FORWARDS: If you were expecting to take part this summer, you will have the option to either:
- Receive a full refund
- Donate your fee to The Mix the UK’s leading support service for young people.
- Attend Autumn Programme 2020
- Attend Summer Programme 2021
For the moment, you do not need to do anything. We will get in contact with you in the next few weeks about selecting the right eligible option for you.
In the meantime you can find a number of useful resources and information below to ensure you stay safe and well through these times. And, you can head to our Media Centre to read the full press release.
To our NCS community,
Firstly, we hope you are keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times. We know that uncertainty can be a difficult place to be so we’ll keep you updated every step of the way.
Following the recent government announcement, we are continuing to work daily with the government, alongside our network of partners, on our long-term planning. This includes the delivery of this year’s NCS summer programme – and the vital role that NCS can play to help with the nation's recovery.
Whilst we are still in discussions and are working on the details, we hope to have clarity next week and will be updating you all as soon as we know more and are able to do so.
What we do know is that we are dedicated to creating a country of connected, confident and caring citizens; One where everyone feels at home and young people have a voice. And even in the toughest of times, we’ll do all we can to fulfil this mission – even if it’s not quite in the way we anticipated. We encourage young people to live by the words 'No We Can', and are equally committed to challenging ourselves to do the same.
You can find some useful resources at the bottom of this page to help inform, support and advise you in the coming months.
Government advice continues to evolve and we are working closely with the government and our network of partners to consider the delivery of NCS summer programmes this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Please rest assured that in the event that the NCS programme that you/ your young person has signed up to is cancelled or changed and if we are unable to find another suitable programme for you/your young person we will offer you a full refund. We will also offer additional levels of flexibility to those who have signed up to take part and are concerned they will not be able to do so.
We are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to coordinate updates which we will share online and through our social channels.
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For professional medical advice, visit the NHS website or World Health Organisation. And for advice about your mental health, head to The Mix.