Providers announced for National Citizen Service pilot scheme

Twelve organisations will receive £30m to deliver the first national programme next summer, providing 11,000 places for young people

Young people at The Challenge Network, one of the pilot providers
Young people at The Challenge Network, one of the pilot providers

• This story has been updated, see final paragraph

The government will spend £30m on a pilot scheme for its National Citizen Service programme, which will begin next summer.

Twelve organisations, including the volunteering charity v, the youth charity Catch 22 and the Bolton Lads & Girls Club, will receive funds to deliver the pilot, in which thousands of 16-year-old school leavers will carry out seven or eight-week projects that include community work, a physical challenge and a residential placement.

Most of the organisations that receive the funding will be part of large consortia. Catch 22 will lead a national consortium providing 1,515 places.

The scheme is being funded by the Office for Civil Society, the Department for Education and the Communities and Local Government department.

An OCS spokesman said there would be 11,000 places on the scheme next summer - more than the 10,000 announced by the government previously.

He said the Department for Education would be responsible for running the National Citizen Service after the first two years.

In a statement, the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said: "We have been delighted by the response to our request for providers.

"From more than 250 organisations we have chosen 12 groups that now have a historic opportunity to help develop a society in which people do things for each other and take an interest in their local communities."

The full list of funding recipients:

  • Bolton Lads & Girls Club
  • Catch 22
  • Connexions Cumbria
  • Field Studies Council, working with Rotary International and Action for Blind People
  • Football League (Community)
  • Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership
  • Norwich City Community Sports Foundation
  • Safe in Tees Valley
  • The Challenge Network
  • The Prince's Trust
  • v, working with The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and local partners
  • Young Devon and South West Consortium

The government will spend £15m on a pilot scheme. The £30m figure was given in error by the Office for Civil Society.

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