NCS response to Coronavirus
Last Updated: 25/03/2020
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.
Update on: 17/03/2020
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.
We’ve pulled together a list of information from experts and healthcare professionals to get you through the coming months; here’s how to spread nothing but love and kindness to yourself and others.
In uncertain times, with the health of the nation at the heart, it’s no surprise that anxiety and panic has risen for many. These coping mechanisms, tips and free resources might just help.
In Episode 7 of our podcast, we look at the story that’s turning the world upside-down; coronavirus. Reporter Steph talks to two people who have been socially and economically impacted.
When our minds are working overtime, it can be all-too-easy to bottle things up. But strip all structure from our lives, add to that a global health pandemic, and we can all agree that our current situation is a lot to take on alone – especially for those already struggling with their mental health.
For professional medical advice, visit the NHS website or World Health Organisation. And for advice about your mental health, head to The Mix.