National Citizen Service should work more closely with local charities, says NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities and volunteering, has welcomed the government's announcement that the National Citizen Service (NCS) will be given a royal charter along with measures to enhance its accountability. NCS has provided positive experiences for many young people and helped them develop important skills.

However, NCVO said that NCS could still do more to work with local charities to ensure it reaches its potential as a starting point for life-long volunteering.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

NCS has clearly made a big difference for lots of young people, empowering them to take action in their communities and helping them develop skills and experience which will be valuable throughout their lives

We think further collaboration with the voluntary sector could help it to make an even bigger difference.

We will be coordinating a group of charities to inform the debate about NCS and the bill as it goes through parliament and we would like to hear from any organisations who would like to be involved in this process.

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