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PCiP to send first Cohort of youngsters on life-changing National Citizenship Service programme

Another PCiP project is underway and will see us fund 50 youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to particpiate in the often life-changing National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme.

The NCS is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement. It is a government-backed initiative and accounts for over 95% of the government’s youth services funding. It is a rite of passage available to all teenagers aged between 15 – 17 at modest cost, enabling them to discover who they are and what they can do, improving self-esteem and confidence. It is an opportunity for them to explore, face new challenges, be inspired, be part of a team, learn, engage and find their passion, equipping them with work and life skills and preparing them for the future.

Whilst the cost is modest, it is a barrier for those teenagers living in poverty and PCiP aims to remove this obstacle to improve life chances, improving social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement.

The NCS programme is a four week, four-phase summer programme specifically designed to provide youngsters with all sorts of new experiences. Whether a daredevil or creative genius, talkative or more reserved, it will enable individuals to realise what they are actually capable of, coming away with a host of new skills and bags of confidence.

The Plymouth Argyle Community Trust delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across Devon and Cornwall each year. In 2018 there were over 700 graduates of the summer programme. Find out more about the NCS programme here.

Keep checking the blog for further details of other projects coming soon and news of PCiP events for 2019.