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Once in alifetime

NCS is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories.

Remember, It All Starts At Yes…

It all starts at yes...

  • Grow your confidence
  • Make your ucas application stand out
  • Make new friends
  • Develop the skills that employers want
  • Get a killer CV
  • Access to exclusive events

How itWorks

NCS takes place outside of term time in spring, summer and autumn. There are plenty of dates to choose from so there’s nothing standing in between you and the awesomeness of NCS.

Phase 1Adventure

In your first week you’ll live with your team at an outdoor activity centre, getting to know each other and experiencing the freedom of being away from home with new friends.

So, once you’ve decided on the programme for you, we’ll place you in a group of 12-15 amazing people and best thing about NCS is that these will be people you’d never have met before – people that could change your life, or you could change theirs. In this week you’ll get the chance to take part in adrenaline-fuelled activities with your team mates like: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.

Phase 2Future

Next up, is being reunited with your group to live away from home in university style accommodation*.

Not only will you be learning to cook for yourselves (think roast dinners, not beans on toast!), but you’ll also learn some huge life skills that make for a killer CV. Such as meeting organisations, important people from your local community whilst learning about the issues facing your community as well as developing new personal skills (team work, leadership & how to present yourself). You’ll be able to choose skills that you are passionate about such as photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

* If you’re taking part in the spring/autumn programme then you’ll be living at home but will still take part in as many cool, life-changing experiences – you’ll just wake up in your own bed.

Phase 3Making a
difference

Now you get the chance to put all the skills and experiences you’ve learnt into practice as a team agreeing on a social action project that will really make a mark on your local community.

We believe that you and your team have the power to change the world around given the respect, tools and opportunities to do so. This is your chance to be part of something amazing - plan your own project, fundraise for it and make it happen! Go out there and be awesome together.

Phase 4Graduation

Once you’ve completed the programme, you're now part of the bigger NCS family - our grads have the chance to attend some of the greatest shows and events going and we’ll be constantly developing amazing ways to keep you involved with us, your community & with all of our fantastic partners. Oh plus we’ll support you and the projects you are passionate about because like we said, you’re family!

We forgot to mention at the end of each programme we’ll throw you a big party to celebrate everything you’ve achieved too. Not only will you be a completely different person, but you’ll have made a huge network of amazing friends for life and done something truly inspirational in your community.

Remember you'll...

  • ● Stay away from home at an outdoor activity centre
  • ● Develop new skills and meet new people
  • ● learn to budget and live for yourself
  • ● make your mark in your local area delivering your social action project
  • ● receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister
  • ● Keep volunteering
  • ● Be awesome

When doesNCS Run ?

NCS runs out of term time, so there’s an NCS programme for everyone. No matter what your commitmentsin the year or your summer holiday plans are.

Spring
  • ● In Phase 1 you will stay away at the outdoor activity centre for 3 nights and 4 days
  • ● In Phase 2 you will live at home whilst you and your team meet up to learn new skills and meet people from you area
Summer
  • ● During Phase 1 you will stay at the outdoor activity centre
  • ● During Phase 2 you will live away from home in student accommodation as you learn to budget and cook for yourselves independently
Autumn
  • ● In Phase 1 you will stay away at the outdoor activity centre for 3 nights and 4 days
  • ● In Phase 2 you will live at home whilst you and your team meet up to learn new skills and meet people from your area

No matter which programme you take part in there will be an additional 30 hours of social action which will be in your own time where you’ll deliver your own amazing social action project. How cool is that?

Who will runMy Programme ?

Once you’ve registered, your local NCS provider will contact you to discuss things further and to answer any other questions you have about us.

NCS is delivered by a series of charities, college consortia and Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships across England.

What's in itfor you?

NCS can help fast track your future by learning new skills for work and life and it will look great on your CV because it helps teach the skills employers say they are increasingly looking for in candidates: confidence, teamwork and leadership skills

NCS gives you a framework to show off and talk about your skills and experiences in interviews. What's more, NCS is recognised by UCAS and will help you deliver a killer personal statement.

How much does it costand is it for me?

NCS is an inclusive programme for all young people. There’s nobody that it isn’t right for and we’re yet to meet someone who hasn’t had the time of their lives and met their greatest mates – no matter how shy you may be.

We cater for all religious/cultural beliefs and are here to talk to you about how we can accommodate such beliefs at any time. If you have additional needs then we’ll make every effort, where possible, to ensure additional support is put into place to allow all young people to benefit and take part in this incredible programme. Also, NCS is amazing value for money. The most you’ll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances and provider.

Createyour own future

If you like what you see, click on ‘Register’ or hand in a registration form to an NCS provider in your school or college. We’ll be in touch to advise which programme is for you.

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We can't wait to get your NCS journey started!

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