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HomeNewsNational Citizen ServiceThousands of Young People Will Join a National Youth Programme Through Reds in the Community

Thousands of Young People Will Join a National Youth Programme Through Reds in the Community

From 2020, Reds in the Community will engage over thousands of young people aged 16 and 17, delivering National Citizen Service (NCS), a 4-week programme funded by the Government. 

In partnership with EFL Trust, RitC won the contract to continue the delivery of NCS from 2020 onwards joining 65 Delivery Partners that will be managed by EFL Trust.

NCS is one of the fastest-growing youth programmes engaging 500,000 young people since piloting in 2009. The NCS experience will give young people a clearer idea of what they want from their future. They will take on fresh challenges, get a taste of independence and be given a platform to have their voices heard and deliver a social action project that will positively impact their local area.

Through EFL Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about such as mental health, the environment and plastic waste.

Reds in the Community has delivered NCS since 2011, engaging over 2,500 young people. During that time, young people have delivered over 70,800 hours of social action in Barnsley which has included cleaning Up the Trans Pennine Trail along with supporting the Barnsley Carers Service with needed funds and much more!

Connor Scarfe graduated NCS with us in the Summer of 2019 and believes that the programme should not be missed.

He said: “It’s something you can put on your CV. It’s another great experience. It’s something that you can’t really miss out on because you’ll get opportunities like this if you take to it and put the effort in. It’s probably something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”

Hannah Philips, Social Inclusion Officer, Reds in the Community is delighted to be part of the new network of NCS delivery partners saying.

She said: “I am extremely proud of all the hard work that our NCS team have dedicated to the programme for the last eight years. It’s a privilege to continue the delivery of such a life-changing programme for the young people across Barnsley.”

Chief Executive of NCS Trust, Michael Lynas added: “I’m incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years. As it moves into the next phase of its life, I’m confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.”