Government introduces National Citizen Service (NCS) Bill to Parliament

Today the Government introduced the NCS Bill to Parliament for its first reading.

The Bill would secure the future of National Citizen Service (NCS). The flagship programme brings different communities together and gives 15 to 17-year-olds the opportunity to take part in new experiences, develop skills and give back to communities across England.

The NCS Trust will be given a Royal Charter and a clear mission to make NCS accessible to all, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, to ensure a Britain that works for everyone. The Government has committed to offering an NCS place to everyone that wants one.

The Bill would establish the relationship between NCS Trust and Parliament and ensure that the programme is delivered efficiently, effectively and transparently for the future. It would also enable more young people, and their parents or carers, to hear about NCS and how it can benefit them.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

"National Citizen Service is already helping us make a society that works for everyone, boosting the life chances of more than 275,000 young people by building their confidence, resilience and leadership skills.

"We want to make NCS a rite of passage for the young people of this country, uniting communities. It is a remarkable opportunity and must be accessible to all, especially those from the most deprived backgrounds."

The NCS runs in spring, summer and autumn and helps build skills for work and life, while inviting participants to take on new challenges and meet new friends. You can take part in NCS if you are 16 or 17 years old.

Visit the NCSyes site and sign up to receive more information and details of how to get involved.

You can also:

• like NCS on Facebook
• follow NCS on Twitter
• read the independent 2011 evaluation of NCS

Read the NCS Trust Draft Royal Charter (PDF, 216KB, 18 pages) or download a printer friendly version (PDF, 208KB, 20 pages) .