Pre-NCS Opportunities

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Take Your Pick


NCS is aimed at 15-17 year olds, so, if you’re younger than that, you’ve got to wait a little before you can start your adventure. Until then, take your pick from these partners who all offer amazing things for you to do right from the age of ten up to 20 and beyond!


Do-it is the go-to place for all volunteering opportunities in the UK.  Start your search here.

Youth United 

This single website lets you sign up to a raft of organisations with an array of opportunities.  Included here are St John Ambulance, Scouts, Girl Guiding, Volunteer Police Cadets, Sea Cadets, Boys Brigade and the Fire Cadets.  With so much choice, the difficulty is in choosing!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

If you’re 14-24, take on the challenge of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and you’ll discover something new about yourself at every step whilst broadening your interests, making new friends, creating lasting memories and most importantly, having fun. Achieving a DofE Award will also open doors as you progress through life, helping you to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or higher education. 


vInspired is the nation’s leading youth volunteering and social action charity. Get rewarded for your volunteering. Earn vInspired awards to illuminate your CV. Make your own social action projects a reality with funding from vInspired cashpoint.

UK Youth

UK Youth is the UK’s largest network of youth clubs and projects. They have a variety of projects they run, including this one aimed at helping people get into the music industry.

Get Connected

If you’re under 25, Get Connected are here for you, 365 days a year, for absolutely anything you’re going through. If you want to talk about your feelings, stuff going on at home, bullying in school, or anything, just ask for help.  They are free, confidential, and you can contact them however you’d prefer - by phone, email, text or webchat. Freephone 0808 808 4994 or access their website.  They also have volunteering opportunities for young people over 18 which can be found on our Opportunity Hub.


The Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) trains and develops Jewish young people to become active citizens and future leaders of society. Through positive activities, leadership development and national awards, the JLGB encourages young people's involvement in volunteering, inter-faith and intergenerational projects that have a positive impact in the both the Jewish and wider communities. Girls’ Brigade runs a variety of opportunities for Jewish young people from age 8 and up.  Have a look at their website for specific information about their programmes.


Ambition are a leading youth charity working with over half a million young people every year.  They offer a variety of projects including training and leadership. 


Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. They are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women from 5 to 26 years old a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills.


The Scouts can offer children and young people from 6 - to 25-year-old fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others and make a positive impact in your community. To find your local Scout group, check out the website.

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so you can help people. What a fantastic skill to have. If you're aged between five and 10, you can join Badgers, where you can learn first aid, have fun and even become a Super Badger! If you are 10 to 17 years old you can join their cadet programme. You’ll get the best first aid training, and a wide choice of other activities.