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. 

Read the full report here.