We have five main areas of work:
NCS helps a young person with their transition into adulthood:
Designed for 16-17 year olds, the experience is all about emboldening young people, by giving them the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities). On NCS, participants live away from home and get a taste of independence. They mix with a new crowd of people and take on exciting challenges together. When they’re back home they organise and run their own community project. NCS engages, unites and empowers young people to achieve, regardless of where they are from or what their background is. The EFL Trust has been delivering NCS to young people since the pilots in 2011. This year alone around 20,000 young people will take part in NCS with our network.
Helping groups who face disadvantage to achieve and progress:
We identify the barriers which may hold people back, and seek interventions to support them overcome these. For example, we are work in partnership with The FA to provide every young girl in England the opportunity to access the Lionesses Talent Pathway and become an elite athlete regardless of their ethnicity, demographic or social class.
Making our communities safer and more connected. We work with key partners to reduce serious violence, reduce re-offending and combat isolation and exclusion. Our CCOs provide a range of diversionary activities for young people to both occupy them from getting involved in, and educate them around the consequences of, criminal activity. We focus on young people at risk of offending in an attempt to prevent them from entering the criminal justice system. Additionally, many CCOs have established activities working with offenders and ex-offenders to help facilitate their re-entry into community life, helping them to gain key life skills and improve their chances of social reintegration.
Supporting the integration of different communities:
By increasing tolerance and understanding between different faiths, cultures, generations and social groups. The work of our CCOs in integrating different communities has been highlighted in the Integrated Communities Green Paper from the MHCLG. NCS brings young people from different sections of the community, backgrounds and interests enabling them to form bonds which bridge apparent divides. We also work with The Home Office as part of their Building a Stronger Britain Together counter-extremism programme delivering activities which uses the power of football to unite different social groups
Delivering social action and volunteering opportunities:
Volunteering and social action brings benefits to individuals and communities: individuals develop their character and confidence, and learn vital skills that support their future employment whilst communities benefit with improved services and facilities, creating a sense of community spirit and boosting social cohesion and integration. Our CCOs have a long history of offering volunteering opportunities based initially around sports coaching. However, NCS has broadened our CCOs ability to support young people into embracing social action and undertaking sustainable projects which are hugely impactful within the community. This includes working with homeless people, older people who face isolation, food banks, those with mental health issues and people with disabilities.