For release 12th May 2020
The Trust’s digital offering connects nearly 70,000 teens in two weeks
NCS Trust has announced that due to the continued uncertainty about social
gatherings in 2020, there will not be a residential element as part of the autumn
programme taking place in October.
Teens will still be able to participate in the UK’s flagship youth development
programme but the residential stay will be adapted to bring the experience to life
without the nights away.
The Trust is working with its partners to help develop an innovative new approach
to the autumn offering which will still deliver life changing benefits for young
This announcement follows the news of a repurposed version of the traditional
NCS programme for this extraordinary summer. The Trust is now delivering
content through NCS digital channels, focussing on the skills and life lessons not
learnt in the classroom.
Nearly 70,000 teens have already accessed the content within the newly
launched ‘Staying Connected Hub’ and there have been over 100,000 interactions
with the content on social channels enabling young people across the country to
make new connections during lockdown.
NCS Trust CEO Mark Gifford explains: “As life has been put on pause for young
people, NCS can help them to stay connected, focused on their future and the
tangible ways they can get involved with the country’s recovery. Our autumn
programme may not have a residential stay in 2020, but this won’t diminish the
positive impact NCS can have on supporting teens to reconnect after lockdown.
The Trust is fortunate to have such a strong, resilient and adaptive network of
partners who are able to work with us to support young people during these
NCS is also ensuring that young people’s voices are heard in the discussion about
life after lockdown. Its Youth Rising Podcast which has been developed by teens
for teens, has gone from strength to strength during lockdown with audience
figures doubling and a second series being commissioned.
Anyone who was expecting to take part in NCS this autumn and has a question
for the Trust should go to the NCS website: https://wearencs.com/
For more information please contact Charlotte Speedy:
07801 215001 or Charlottespeedy@ncstrust.org.uk
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
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.
About NCS Trust
National Citizen Service Trust is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated by Royal
Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen
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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