The Government has issued an invitation to tender for delivery of the National Citizen Service programme in 2013 and 2014. The government expects charities to form regional consortia.
National Citizen Service (NCS) supports the Government’s vision for building a Big Society. It will act as a gateway to the Big Society for many young people by supporting them to develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens. NCS will make a positive contribution to local communities, requiring close working with schools, local authorities, businesses and other neighbourhood groups to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society.
NCS is a voluntary eight-week summer programme for 16-year-olds that will promote:
• a more cohesive society by mixing participants of different backgrounds
• a more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people
• a more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their local communities
NCS is a being piloted over two years across England. Thousands of young people took part in the first pilot this summer. In 2012, some 30,000 places will be offered to young people. Following this, it is hoped that NCS will, over time, become a valued rite of passage into adulthood that all 16-year-olds will want to complete.
For further information, visit: www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/nationalcitizenservice/b0075357/national-citizen-service---prior-information-notice/itt-ncs-2013, or email: email@example.com
Deadline: Friday 29 June 2012, 12:00