National Citizen Service (NCS) is a youth empowerment programme available to all 16-17 year-olds in England. It’s an opportunity for young people to learn new skills, meet people from different backgrounds and deliver volunteering projects to make a difference in their communities. To date, more than 275,000 young people have already taken part in NCS, and participants have contributed 5 million hours of social action since the programme started. NCS exists to address some of the most urgent challenges in British society today, including community engagement and social mobility.
This fringe event will discuss how we can encourage more young people to actively participate in their local area and how the Labour Party can help grow NCS in all communities. They will also discuss how NCS has attracted such high levels of participation and the life skills young people gain from social action.
Speakers include: Rushanara Ali MP (Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow), Rupa Huq MP (Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton), Chris Elmore MP (Labour MP for Ogmore), Michael Lynas (chief executive of NCS Trust) and Jermain Jackman. Chaired by Baroness Jan Royall.