NEA aims to provide all-round formation for people of all ages, especially the young, to help them develop their talents to the full and use them in the service of society.

NEA provides accommodation and complementary activities for university students at Netherhall House and Elmore in London and Grandpont House in Oxford; courses for the hospitality industry at Lakefield Training Centre in London; support for selected educational and social projects outside the UK in NEA International Projects; personal development courses for people working in the City of London or nearby at Crosmore; clubs for young people and school-level study centres at Kelston in Wandsworth, Westpark in Ealing and Dunreath in Glasgow; outreach activities that enable many more people to benefit than those who live in or attend our centres regularly such as taking part in ReachOut activities; and residential courses and retreats at Wickenden Manor in Sussex.

NEA is a founder member of the European University College Association (EUCA), a European network of Collegiate Halls of Residence offering a complete range of activities to provide all-round formation to university students.Together with EUCA, NEA has organised different seminars and activities such as DCW (Dissent, Conscience and the Wall), funded by the EU.