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National Citizens Service

22 May 2012

Details below include:

  • How to take part
  • News about bidding to deliver next year
  • Interim Evaluation of NCS 2011

Taking part (this summer)
This year's programme will begin soon - providers are recruiting participants for this year's pilots.  If you're in Year 11 and would like to get involved go to the National Citizens Service website and register.

Delivery organisations in the North West (2012)
Nineteen organisations/partnerships were commissioned to deliver in 2012.  The North West based NCS delivery partners for 2012 are:

  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club
  • Connexions Cumbria Ltd
  • Football League Trust
  • Fylde Coast YMCA
  • Salford Foundation
  • Sefton CVS

For the full news item, visit the Cabinet Office website

Invitation to Tender (for 2013)
The Invitation to Tender (ITT) document has been delayed and is expected in the next few days.  Early indications are that there will be two contracts per region with greater involvement of councils encouraged.

Information Sessions for bidding
Information sessions to support bids will be held in London on the 30th May and further sessions are expected to be held in Sheffield after that (and not guaranteed). Events are listed on this website: National Citizens Service 2013

Regional Groups to support joint bids
An online platform to support joint bids, on a regional footprint, has been set up. The North West Group is here (login required):

Interim Evaluation of 2011 NCS published
For every £1 spent on National Citizen Service (NCS) up to £2 is being returned to the communities and young people who took part, according to new independent analysis.

Feedback from participants:

  • 93% said they would definitely recommend NCS to their friends;
  • 95% of young people said that NCS gave them the chance to develop more skills for the future, with the proportion saying they were planning to continue studying after NCS increasing from 27% to 34%;
  • 85% of participants agreed that the scheme had made them feel more positive towards people from different backgrounds;
  • over 200,000 hours of social action were completed by NCS participants in 2011 and 77% of participants said that following NCS they were more likely to help out locally; and
  • in addition to the social action completed as part of NCS, participants were more likely to have helped out a neighbour or someone else locally during the summer. 

Further reading: Evaluation of National Citizen Service Pilots: Interim report (NatCen Social Research, The Office for Public Management, and New Philanthropy Capital: May 2012)

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Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301