The most exciting and rewarding times of your life are closer than you might think. If you're 15-17 and live in England or Northern Ireland then you've come to the right place.
Here's what you'll be saying yes to...
Experience the freedom of life away from home in your first week of NCS. Learn to defy your limits as you live fearlessly to uncover a new you and work in a team that’s part of something bigger than anything you’ve ever done before! It won’t take you long to realise that life truly begins outside your comfort zone.
In your second week you’ll turn your new friends into family as you’re reunited to live independently. You’ll learn some huge life skills that make for a killer CV like creating a business plan, planning a project presenting your talents and becoming a leader in the process.
Your time at NCS will give you the tools to change the world around you through fundraising and volunteering. In your final week you’ll use your new skills and friendships to invest yourself in something remarkable. We believe in the power of you, now go out and show us what you can do!
But don't take our word for it, here are some of our grads…
I never used to be a get up and go person.
If you’re not either, and if you reckon taking part in NCS would mean you’d be judged or you’d hate the people, then you couldn’t be more wrong. I met some of the strongest individuals that I think I’ll ever meet. Young people who are willing to step out of the stereotype and make a difference and improve themselves as human beings.
"We learned, we developed, we chose our own paths. I fundraised and after all the work we put in over the weeks, I made a difference. It feels amazing. NCS changed me – not just my community. NCS means I can say: “Yes, I am now a get up and go person."
Taking part in NCS has been one of the best experiences of my life.
I learnt skills I’ll rely on for life: how to work as part a team, how to listen and how to lead, to face challenges and to overcome them. Since graduating I’ve been invited to become an NCS Leader, which gave me the opportunity to meet my local MP at the House of Commons.
I’ve been involved in a decision making progress that’ll provide funding for thousands of young people to experience social action for years to come. I’m looking to start a community magazine and I took part in the photo-shoot for this website too. I’ve learnt that it really does start at ‘yes’.
I heard about NCS at a school assembly. It was the physical challenges that made me want to take part.
My grandmother suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, so my mum involved me in her charity work. What NCS did was give me a platform to raise money for MND Association. As a team we made leaflets and handed out wristbands. We taught people how to look out for the signs and how to access help. It gave me confidence in my own ability, and it made me realise how much other people care too.