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Businesses invited to rise to the NCS Challenge

Croydon businesses are being urged to throw their weight behind a Government-backed scheme that helps teenagers increase their confidence and learn important new work skills, while devising social action projects to help their local community.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a three part programme delivered during the summer to help 15-17 years old with their personal and social development by improving their leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

The programme is delivered by The Challenge and so far, has helped over 275,000 youngsters nationwide to build skills for work and life.  

A key aspect of the 18 day programme is to enable youngsters to use the skills they have learned in order to develop a social action project that aims to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about and then spend around 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

To support the delivery of this year’s initiative, The Challenge is now looking for local businesses and individuals willing to get involved for a few hours this summer – either in a mentoring capacity or to serve as a judge on a ‘Dragons’ Den’ type panel to which participants pitch their ideas.   

Host a Professional Visit

Is your business willing to host an hour-long visit with a group of 12 young people, accompanied by a NCS staff member, to give them a view of life at work and provide them with constructive feedback on their proposed social action project?   

Be a judge on a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel

Could you give up 3-4 hours of your time to serve on a Dragon’s Den panel?

Along with three or four other panel members, you would help to determine how much NCS funding should be awarded towards their projects, as well as determining an overall winner.

“This is the third successive year that Croydon BID has supported this very worthwhile initiative and I can honestly say it has been a rewarding experience all round,” said Croydon BID chief executive Matthew Sims. 

“As well as giving us the opportunity to explain the work that Croydon BID does to improve our local area and to highlight just how much can be achieved when everyone pulls together, it is particularly awe-inspiring to hear some of the impressive ideas that these youngsters come up with and help them shape their delivery.”  

If you would be interested in being part of this year’s programme, email or visit or visit

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