Santander has pledged to support the National Citizen Service for the next three years. The bank will provide event sponsorship, work experience placements for NCS graduates, and opportunities for its staff to volunteer to share their knowledge and skills.
National Citizen Service offers all 16 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland a four-week programme providing participants with skills for work and life and the opportunity to volunteer with a community project that they create.
Michael Lynas, CEO, NCS Trust said:
“In the past two years, NCS participants have given an incredible eight million hours to improve their communities and NCS Action Day is all about celebrating this. We’re so pleased to be working with Santander as a partner – working together we will be able to support young people to make an even greater impact.”
NCS Action Day
Santander staff marked NCS Action Day last week by volunteering for a day to help West London charity Only Connect, the criminal justice charity that equips young people with new skills.
Elsewhere over 80 social action projects organised by more than 2,000 teenagers were celebrated on NCS Action Day.
Simon Bray, Retail Divisional Managing Director at Santander said:
“Through our new community programme, The Discovery Project, we’ll be working with NCS to help young people build their knowledge and skills with work focused support and training. NCS Action Day is a fantastic way for young people to build on what they learn on the programme and give back to their local communities. We are very pleased to be working with NCS and it’s great to have been able to kick off our partnership at such a fantastic project.”
The Discovery Project is Santander’s new flagship community programme that aims to benefit 1 million people in the UK over the next 5 years. The initiative is designed to inspire people to have confidence in the future by giving them the skills, knowledge and support to explore the opportunities today’s fast-changing world has to offer.
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