Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has hailed the ‘tremendous’ benefits of National Citizen Service (NCS), both for the young people who take part in it and the communities that benefit from their social action projects. NCS, which is open to teenagers aged 15-17, is the fastest-growing youth movement in a century and aims to build a more cohesive, socially mobile, and socially-engaged society. Over three phases participants push themselves out of their comfort zones in the great outdoors, learn important skills for work and life, and plan and deliver a social action project to make a difference in their local community. Each programme runs in the school holidays, typically lasting 1–2 weeks in spring and autumn, with 3–4 weeks over the summer break.

    Mr Stride said:

    “NCS is a brilliant way to learn new skills, make a difference to our society, enhance CVs and meet new people. There are bursaries available to cover the £50 fee to ensure financial circumstances don’t prevent someone from getting involved. I want to congratulate the young people of Central Devon who will be completing NCS this summer and encourage anyone who is interested in the programme to visit to find out more. There may still be time to join a programme this summer and if not, there is certainly time to sign up for their October programme.”

    Half a million young people have taken part in NCS with 1 in 6 of all 16-year-olds getting involved during 2018. The programme has seen more than 12 million hours given in social action and it is estimated that for every £1 invested in the scheme there is a benefit to society of £8.36. More than 80% of participants say they felt more positive about people from different backgrounds after the programme.