The National Citizen Service is the Government’s flagship initiative to engage 15-17 year olds in social action for life: http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/about-us
In the six years since its foundation the NCS programme has grown the number of participants and the range of delivery partners. This year they have an ambition to reach 100,000 young people and by 2020 over one million. In this period of growth they are interested in hearing from organisations from the heritage sector with bright ideas and a trusted track record of delivering high quality experiences for young people.
There may be opportunities this year to get involved in new pilot work, to pitch to deliver one or more weeks of the four week programme (http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/what-is-ncs), and perhaps to bring the benefit of young people’s action to your organisation and partners.
We at HLF, alongside other DCMS Arms-Length Bodies, have been asked to attend a workshop to think about ways the heritage sector might contribute to, and benefit from, NCS in the short and longer term.
Could the activity week be focussed on an archaeology dig rather than be exclusively out and bound-focused? Could the Discover week, building leadership skills, be delivered using your residential facility? Could you offer a rich social action project, giving young people the opportunity to lead an initiative and make a difference for your site or campaign?
Let us know what you think. If you’re already involved in delivering NCS it would be good to hear about your experience here.