National Citizen Service (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…
NCS takes place outside of term time in spring, summer and autumn – each one is a little different but equally amazing. There are plenty of dates to choose from so there’s nothing standing in between you and the awesomeness of NCS.
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 the 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.
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. You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community, whilst learning about the issues facing them, as well as developing new personal skills (teamwork, leadership and communication). You could also find out more about skills you have a passion for, 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.
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 you 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.
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.
NCS runs out of term time, so there’s an NCS programme for everyone. No matter what your commitments in the year or what your summer holiday plans are, just register and we’ll get you on the next suitable programme you can do.
No matter which programme you take part in there will be at least 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?
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 or the programme.
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.
We can't wait to get your NCS journey started!
It all starts at yes