Voluntary Work: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) what steps he is taking to ensure that young people from strong faith and cultural backgrounds have access to the National Citizen Service;

(2) what assessment he has made of the work of the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade as part of the National Citizen Service in Bury South constituency.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office is committed to ensuring that all 16 and 17-year-olds can participate in the National Citizen Service (NCS). Mixing NCS participants from different backgrounds remains one of the fundamental principles of the programme. To this end, the Cabinet Office and NCS providers have put in measures to facilitate access for young people from strong faith and cultural backgrounds. These include:

Running single gender programmes;

Delivering programmes that do not take place over weekends so as not to coincide with Jewish or Christian Sabbath;

Catering for different dietary requirements and providing prayer facilities; and

Adapting programmes which take place during Ramadan.'

In summer 2012 the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade delivered an NCS pilot in the London borough of Redbridge. The Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade are not currently delivering NCS programmes as a local delivery partner in the area of Bury South. However, all 16 and 17-year-old members of the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade have the opportunity to take part in NCS programmes in this area, including the autumn programme.

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