Today we welcomed the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, to the National Citizen Service being delivered by The Challenge in Reading.

As Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson is the sponsor minister for the NCS in government. The Minister showed his support by visiting a ‘Showcase event’, in which participants talk about their experience on the programme and what they felt they gained from it.

This summer, NCS with The Challenge has hosted over 30 MPs – including the Prime Minister – and welcome the opportunity to promote the programme and its benefits to young people and their local communities first-hand.


The National Citizen Service is a government-backed programme which brings together young people from diverse backgrounds, providing them with strong skills for life, work, and adulthood. The Challenge is the bigger provider of the programme.