Who are we?
Concordia is a charity based in Sussex, United Kingdom. We are part of a global community – we work with partners and people from all over the world. All our projects are impactful - whether they are just up the road from us or on the other side of the world. We do this by working with local communities delivering programmes that respond to local needs.
Concordia was founded in 1943 to recruit volunteer labour to encourage peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War. Since then, Concordia has supported over three-quarters of a million people to undertake incredible programmes that support local communities all over the world.
Our work as a charity supplies six core services: CYA (Concordia Youth Action), International Volunteering, NCS (National Citizens Service), Seasonal Workers Programme, Skilled Workers Programme and our Wellbeing Programme. Although all our programmes vary, they are all motivated by our desire to make the world a better place.
Our vision, mission & values
In an often unstable world, it can be difficult for people to develop the skills and expertise to thrive. Our varied programmes give people from different backgrounds the opportunity to discover new skills, places, people, opportunities and experiences, that they would otherwise not have explored. As a partner of the National Skills Builder Programme, our programmes improve our service user's transferable skills that boost their self-confidence.
We are part of a global community – we work with partners and people from all over the world. However, we always support local projects - whether they are just up the road from us or on the other side of the world.
We ensure that we only deliver ethical and impactful programmes that truly work for our participants. We campaign for change in the unethical practices that can exist in the sectors we work in.
We value collaborative practices – working with partners who can support us to deliver the best possible programmes we can. Working together is always our preferred way of getting things done.
Concordia is continually striving to support more people, more effectively to develop skills and gain experiences so that they can thrive.
We are always looking for opportunities to develop and expand our programmes. We aim to create and deliver impactful programmes that respond to local needs & support people to gain skills, work experience or employment opportunities.
Our six key strategic themes have been developed to focus our work over the next five years to ensure we deliver on our mission as a charity: