National Citizen Service launches One Million Hours of Doing Good in the North West

Young People across the North West can now register to take part in social action this July and August, and pledge 16 hours of activity as part of the national One Million Hours of Doing Good campaign. Teens who volunteer will gain new skills, help rebuild their local communities and create positive and lasting change this summer. Since opening registrations NCS has had nearly 1,000 young people across the North West pledging to get involved.

There will be a wide variety of opportunities for young people to Keep Doing Good across the North West, including reviving local green spaces, supporting food banks, and finding new ways to connect their communities through links with partner organisations. Some of the partners teens in Greater Manchester will be working with include Incredible Edible, North West Air Ambulance, and Greenpeace. 

Sofie Mawdsley-Smith, an NCS Grad from Preston, would encourage all young people to take part in Keep Doing Good this summer, and said: “I loved my NCS experience, and it inspired me to continue doing good in my community and beyond. I’d encourage all young people to pledge 16 hours of their time this summer. It’ll make a huge difference, not only to their community but to their future as well.”

As the UK's flagship youth programme, NCS understands that young people are desperate to step up and support their communities - many already are, but nearly half [44%] of 16-17 year olds don’t know how to get involved to help.


Mark Hughes, CEO of The Growth Company said:The Growth Company and its delivery partners will be enabling young people across the North West to support their communities, gain valuable skills and receiverecognition for their contribution. Empowering young people to Keep Doing Goodthis summer is a crucial part of our wider support forpeople andbusinessesduring this recovery period. Every young person who pledges 16 hours of their time will be making a real difference in their local area, and I’m looking forward to seeing the outcomes of theirvolunteering and social action projects.”  

Stuart Dunne, CEO of Youth Focus North West (the regional centre for youth work practice and delivery) said: “We’re thrilled to be working with youth services across the North West, linking them and the young people they work with to the fantastic opportunities available through NCS this summer. Young people can make an incredible contribution to their communities. Through designing and leading social action projects this summer, the difference they make will be tangible, meaningful and sustainable. 

Teens can now sign up at NCS to help the North West get back on its feet. NCS will then contact them with opportunities that are available in their local area.