“Malavika is one of the rare people who manages to combine the ability to see the "big picture" but also be good at detailed operational activity.”

Craig Morley MBE, Consultant to NCS

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an once-in-a-lifetime experience open to all 15 – 17 year olds across England. It is a 4 week youth programme developed to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by giving all young people a common experience regardless of their family income, background or ambitions.

Government backing means that NCS has been able to develop the infrastructure to enable tens of thousands of young people to experience the programme at a minimal cost to themselves and their families. Since 2011, over 275,000 teenagers have taken part in the programme.

NCS is independently evaluated by Ipsos Mori, and full information on our impact can be found on our website. We consistently see strong results against the four areas that we focus on:

1. Social Cohesion: this includes changing attitudes towards people from different backgrounds, expanding social networks and building trust in local communities.

2. Community involvement: this includes volunteering, a sense of belonging and connection to their community; knowledge and awareness of people and organisations with influence in their local area, and an increased likelihood to vote.

3. Transition to adulthood: improving wellbeing, sense of control, attitudes towards education, attitudes towards anti-social behaviour, health including alcohol and physical activity, resilience, and relationships.

4. Communication, teamwork & leadership: this includes confidence in meeting new people, having a try new things, expressing ideas, confidence in acting as a leader and ability to put forward ideas and explain them clearly