This event is part of the Fabian fringe at Labour party conference 2016, and is being held in partnership with The Challenge.
National Citizen Service gives young people the opportunity to participate in practical community volunteering, whilst learning new skills and meeting and mixing with people from all sections of society. Since its introduction in 2010, the scheme has increased in popularity every year, with 55,000 young people taking part last year. The most recent independent evaluation showed that for every £1 spent, NCS delivers as much as £3.98 of benefit, and that the programme helps teenagers to develop resilience, character and empathy.
Labour politicians have argued that service initiatives such as NCS can help to lay the foundations for productive lives and bond together communities. However, the UK offers young people far fewer opportunities to engage in meaningful voluntary work and service than countries including Germany and the US. How could a Labour government grow National Citizen Service to promote our values of social solidarity and opportunity, and create new institutions to bridge divides in our communities and ensure no young person is left behind?
Speakers include: Anna Turley MP (Labour MP for Redcar), Jon Yates (director and co-founder, The Challenge), Sophie Livingstone (chief executive, City Year UK), Ayesha Hazarika (former Labour special advisor). Chaired by Olivia Bailey (research director, Fabian Society).