Press release

National Citizen Service pilots announced

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Twelve groups from around the country have been selected to run the first National Citizen Service pilot projects.

Twelve groups from around the country have been selected to run the first National Citizen Service pilot projects.

Bolton Lads and Girls Club, the Football League Trust and the Young Devon and South West Consortium are among those who will take part in the trial.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said that more than 11,000 16-year-olds would benefit from the scheme next summer.

Mr Maude said:

Right now too many young people feel isolated from society. We want to create a new rite of passage, National Citizen Service, which will bring 16-year-olds together from all different backgrounds to give them the skills and confidence to make a difference in their communities.

“We have been delighted by the response to our request for providers. From over 250 organisations we have chosen 12 groups, who now have an historic opportunity to help develop a society, the Big Society, where people do things for each other and take an interest in their local communities.

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd added:

National Citizen Service is a hugely important scheme for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. As well as the opportunities to deliver the programme it will foster a culture of volunteerism and social responsibility in our young people. The next generation will be ready to use the massive devolution of power to communities that underpins the Big Society.

Plans to provide National Citizen Service pilots were announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in July.

Under the scheme, youngsters will be able to take part in a seven to eight week voluntary programme. It will include a two-week residential element, where they will be able to take part in physical challenges, and a community element where they will develop projects to help their communities.

In the future, the Government wants every 16-year-old to have the chance to part in National Citizen Service.