Theresa May shows support for NCS

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited one of our National Citizen Service programmes last Sunday 23rd of July in her constituency of Maidenhead.

Oliver Lee, The Challenge’s Chief Executive, introduced the Prime Minister to young people on NCS, who were taking part in a social action day fundraising for Maidenhead Cycle Hub.

The local charity aims to get more people cycling by providing servicing and repairs, organised rides, advice on bike routes and cycling safety, and selling refurbished bikes.

The Prime Minister spent time talking to the young people about the skills they’d developed through their involvement in NCS.

The Prime Minister told the Maidenhead Advertiser:  “I wanted to visit NCS as it’s been developing over the years and it’s a great opportunity to meet other young people and have experiences they wouldn’t otherwise, build skills like teamwork and be active in the community. I want to encourage more young people to take part in it.”

Oliver Lee said: “The visit was a great success and the impact of it on the young people taking part in the programme was enormously positive.”

In a speech in January 2017, the Prime Minister said her idea of the ‘shared society’ was “recognising, supporting and championing those who lead the way in shaping a civil society that can bring the talents of so many in our voluntary sector to bear on some of the great social challenges that we face together.”

She said: “It is why we are making National Citizen Service a rite of passage for every young person in Britain and supporting all those brilliant organisations in the Prince of Wales’ #iwill campaign who are encouraging our young people to give their time in the service of others.”

Meanwhile, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor since 2015 and a key member of the Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn, visited one of our NCS programmes at Uxbridge College last Sunday, the same day as Theresa May’s visit. The Shadow Chancellor was one of the Dragons listening to the young people pitch their ideas for social action campaigns.