Over the last eight years YG have been delivering the National Citizen Service. The project has grown from working with 55 young people in 2011 to 1100 in 2019. YG have loved meeting all these young people and sharing with you their achievements

NCS continues to grow with a renewed national driving force. YG has considered the changing nature of the programme and invited young people’s views. As a result we no longer feel NCS is best placed to support the needs of young people in Gloucestershire. YG is committed to providing a year-round county-wide service that supports the most disadvantaged in our community.

We have cherished our time delivering NCS and remain committed to continuing to deliver a high quality experience for young people this summer and during the autumn delivery of the programme.

However our departure from NCS brings us to an exciting cross roads. We are embarking on a new journey.

YG will be exploring new and innovative initiatives that work with disengaged and disadvantaged young people in their local communities. We have already begun delivering an alternative education pilot for excluded young people and are exploring bespoke school programmes for those at risk of exclusion. We are looking at new areas of work around family, mental health, activity, holiday programmes and youth offending.

YG values partnership work and will continue to embrace opportunities to work collaboratively. Jess Rudge-Welford, previously managing NCS for the charity, will be staying on in her role as an Operations Manager focusing on developing work in the community. In September Jess will be investigating some of these new avenues of work and would welcome the opportunity to meet with groups and individuals to discuss creative solutions to youth issues. If you would like to be a part of this then please get involved.