National Citizen Service to offer more digital support to help teens stay connected in lockdown
8 January 2021
As greater lockdown restrictions come into effect across the UK, NCS is offering more support to help teens who are struggling to cope while at home.
Last year alone, NCS had 2 million unique engagements with teens through its ‘Staying Connected’ hub, with informative, engaging and entertaining content that focused on the skills and life lessons that are not normally learnt in the classroom.
NCS will be sharing exclusive content on self-care and staying motivated for the coming year to support the young people who will now be set to stay at home for at least seven weeks until the February half-term, with a clear message that no young person should feel alone.
Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS, said: “2020 was an extremely difficult year for young people, who made significant sacrifices in terms of missing out on their education whilst also being separated from their friends.
“A new national lockdown will bring the issues that young people faced in 2020 to the forefront again as 2021 begins, while many parents face the challenges of home-schooling.
“I am proud that NCS can support young people during this difficult period through our content hub, which last year helped millions of young people in isolation. It is more important than ever that we offer them a platform to get their collective voice heard”.
Support for young people under 25 is available. Contact The Mix for help; call 0808 808 4994.
The #Let’sTalkLoneliness campaign is also offering useful tips on how to cope with loneliness and isolation.
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About NCS (National Citizen Service)
NCS is an experience like no other. Designed for 16-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and autumn, during school holidays. Teens get the opportunity to mix with a new crowd, live away from home for a while, take on new challenges and in the process build lifelong friendships.
The programme is all about emboldening young people – by giving them a taste of independence and equipping them with essential skills for life. NCSers then get a chance to take these new-found skills for a test-run in their local community.
NCS is dedicated to providing a platform to make sure young people are heard and can engage with their community by completing passion projects, raising awareness and providing solutions to the issues they care about.
The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a lot longer. Since 2009 nearly 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
NCS costs no more than £50 - with bursaries and support for those with special educational needs or disabilities also available. NCS’s mission is to give every young person the life-changing experience.
NCS delivers value for money. £3.49 of benefits to society for every £1 spent. During lockdown NCS has had over 1.7 million unique engagements with teens through its ‘Staying Connected’ hub.
About NCS Trust
National Citizen Service Trust is an Arm's Length Body of DCMS incorporated by Royal
Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National
National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter
Body number RC000894. Our registered office is at The Pembroke Building,
Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London, W14 8DG.
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