NCS has released a new report looking at how successful the programme is at increasing integration. The research highlights the many different ways that NCS is having a really positive impact in promoting social integration.
Key points from the report include:
NCS helps those who rarely had positive social contact with people different to them. People who rarely had good social contact with people from a different race or ethnic group before NCS became 24.5% more likely to ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get along well.
NCS has a positive impact on young people from the most segregated communities. Those from the most segregated communities became 19.4% more likely to report positive social contact with other ethnic groups ‘quite often’ or ‘very often’ following NCS.
Positive results are most significant for young people coming from more disadvantaged areas. Young people from the most disadvantaged communities became 29.5% more likely to report that they ‘agree’ or ‘agree strongly’ their local area is a place where different backgrounds get along well.
16-17-year-olds who felt low levels of warmth towards other ethnic groups before NCS saw a positive increase in the warmth they felt following the programme.