National Citizen Service (NCS)

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NCS is a youth programme with the aim of engaging, uniting and empowering young people across England and Northern Ireland. It exists to build your confidence so you can go out there and achieve your dreams. And with your help, we are tackling some of the biggest issues in our country. This four-phase experience is designed specifically to be all-inclusive and meet the needs of all sorts of young people, no matter your background, ability or interests. Whether you're a daredevil or creative genius, talkative or more reserved, you'll be surprised by how much your actually capable of and how much you'll be able to get stuck in to. NCS will also boost your UCAS statement and CV, plus you'll meet incredible people whilst getting your voice heard. If you're looking to grow in confidence, gain new skills and all of the above, then NCS is for you!

NCS takes place outside of term time, so no matter what your commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just book your place via the website and we'll get you on the next available NCS spot. NCS reps will also be visiting college in the new year to help you sign up and answer any questions you may have.


The first step on your NCS journey! Feel the freedom of the outside world on this adventure-filled 5 days away from home. From rock climbing to canoeing, archery to hiking, you'll get to experience a whole host of awesome activities. Even if you're a little unsure about action-packed excursions, you will have a team of like-minded friends around you to experience it all with.


This week is all about developing YOU. Living in a uni-style environment, you'll develop life skills such as confidence, leadership and communication from local business leaders and charities. You'll also learn about the importance of budgeting... all great skills for your CV and for whatever you do next.



Now it's time to make your mark. Back at home, you and your team will devise a community project based on a issue you feel passionate about. Together, you have the power to change the world around you, so make it count! This is your chance to feel proud by making a real difference in your community.

This is it, you've made it! It's time to look back on all you have achieved, the challenges you overcame, the exciting new skills you developed and everything you never thought was possible. Celebrate your triumphs with your fellow NCSers at a celebration evening, showcasing your work over the last 3/4 weeks before exploring all the opportunities NCS opens up to you. This is just the beginning!

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