The Challenge Network has been selected to be the largest provider for the first National Citizen Service projects. The charity is alongside 12 other voluntary sector groups including Catch 22, The Prince’s Trust and V. Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said that more than 11,000 16-year-olds would benefit from the scheme next summer. In the future, the government wants every 16-year-old to have the chance to take part.
Craig Morley, Chief Executive said “The announcement is a welcome investment in young people especially in the current economic climate. By inspiring young people and connecting them with their communities, this scheme, building on our own work over the past two years, will have a lasting impact on society. We look forward to working with our partners in the local communities and with the other NCS providers”. As part of the NCS scheme, The Challenge will now be providing opportunities for 3,240 young people across London, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Coventry, Blackburn, Preston, Burnley, Bury and Wigan for the summer of 2011.
Lindsey Round-Turner, a Challenge mentor for young people said “Having led a group of young people this summer, I’m really excited to hear that so many more young people will have the opportunity to take part in such a transformative programme. It was a pleasure to see how committed the young people became to really making a difference in their local communities, working as part of a team, developing skills and doing things they had never done before.
Patrick Shine, Chair of Trustees – and a Partner at SP – stated “We are very pleased with the announcement. Over the last two years The Challenge Network has played a leadingrole in developing the NCS. This could not have happened without the exceptional dedication and energy of our staff and generosity of our donors. I want to thank all those who have helped The Challenge get to this proud day.