We want the UK Government to follow the examples set by the USA, France and Germany who have created national FTSA programmes for young adults, which attract over 100,000 participants each year. These programmes let young people choose to serve in an area they are motivated to support and learn more about e.g. education, health and social care, sport and disaster relief. In return for undertaking FTSA, volunteers receive generous expenses to support them while they serve and rewards upon completion of their programme such as money off their tuition fees.

FTSA is supported by these governments because it has a positive impact on a number of areas including youth employment, social integration and citizenship and civic engagement.

The UK already has National Citizen Service (NCS), the Government’s three-four week social action programme for 16 and 17 year-olds. This engages over 100,000 young people per year and 64% of graduates say that they want to stay involved volunteering.

It’s time the Government built on the success of NCS and build a national FTSA offer for 18-25 year olds. Help us make this a reality!

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