NCS TRUST PUBLISHES ITS ANNUAL REPORT 2021/22
21 December 2022
The National Citizen Service Trust has today (21 December) published its annual report for the financial year 2021/22.
The report sets out how, despite the challenges of Covid-19 and a smaller funding settlement, the Trust has been able to adapt the services it offers, developing a range of initiatives to support teens.
Overall, more than 95,000 young people were able to benefit from some kind of NCS experience in 2021/22.
During this period, the Trust has further reduced its central costs from £39.2m in 2019/20 to £21.9m in 2021/22, with further savings expected in 2022/23 and beyond.
Highlights from the 2021/2022 Annual Report:
- NCS experience - the combination of offerings across the year resulted in 95,549 young people benefiting from an NCS experience, against a target of 67,635.
- Part-residential experiences - 35,023 young people benefited from the summer programme and 12,289 from the autumn one.
- Skills Booster - 15,473 young people completed 15 hours of sessions delivered by network partners and NCS Trust resources were downloaded by educators and used in lessons with an estimated 30,855 young people.
- Changemakers - 6,013 young people, who took part in 61, 373 hours of social action and volunteering activities in Changemaker teams.
- Futuremakers - 346 young people have been supported into work through this 6-12 month employability programme which combines work placements and social impact, including ‘UK Year of Service’ and Kickstart.
- UK Year of Service - 278 participants were employed across 10 partners in healthcare, public service and environmental sectors, and we also supported 101 young people on Kickstart placements.
- Connect - 62,543 young people engaged with short-form content on the NCS Connect hub, accessing articles, debates, life lessons and advice, creativity challenges, features and stories, with over 2.5 million engagements with broader content on NCS social media channels.
- National bursary scheme - 10,185 young people accessed the NCS Bursary during the NCS sign-up journey, with over 80% of NCS bursaries allocated to young people who were eligible for Free School Meals.
Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust, said:
“We have continued to adapt to a range of ongoing challenges in the second year of the global pandemic to ensure that young people – especially those most in need – are able to benefit from NCS and develop the skills they need to become world-ready and work-ready. Parallel to this, and to show our commitment to the taxpayer in doing more on less, we have reduced head office costs by over 40%.
“As part of creating an expanded and innovative service portfolio, we launched some powerful initiatives across the year, all focused on giving the young people of our country access to a range of life-enhancing experiences and the opportunity to do good in their local communities. More than 95,000 young people were able to take part in NCS experiences over the last 12 months.
“The year ahead will be one of transition as the Trust continues to deliver a variety of experiences to young people, while working in partnership with DCMS to develop a new strategy and commission new services for delivery in 2023.”
The NCS Annual Report 2021/22 is available on our website at wearencs.com
For more information contact the NCS Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3920 8576.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About NCS (National Citizen Service)
NCS is an experience like no other. Designed for 16-17 year olds, and for young people (aged between 18 and 24) with special educational needs and disabilities, NCS runs year round and offers a range of experiences for young people throughout the year. Teens get the opportunity to mix with a new crowd, learn about independent living, take on new challenges and build friendships.
The programme is all about emboldening young people – by giving them a taste of independence and equipping them with essential work and life skills.
NCS participants will benefit from a new residential experience from 2023, which will consist of a five day stay away from home where they will take part in activities that centre around employability, independent living or social action. Young people will have access to digital experiences and will be able to take part in NCS closer to home with regular one-off activities where they can gain new skills, learn more about their local community, and how they can help to improve it.
Since 2009 more than 700,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 15 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
NCS offers bursaries and support to those who need it most, including families on Universal Credit and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, in line with its commitment to make the life-changing NCS experience available to every young person.
NCS delivers value for money. £3.05 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
NCS Trust is an Arm's Length Body of DCMS incorporated by Royal Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen Service.
National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter Body number RC000894.
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