I was first introduced to National Citizen Service (NCS) by hearing an advert on the radio and immediately thought it was such a great idea.
We then met some of the local NCS team when Kian enrolled in sixth form, who really sold us the benefits of taking part in the programme.
In a world where young people can struggle to get work due to their age and lack of experience, NCS can really help to build their confidence, teach them basic life skills and help them make friends for life.
NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
NCS is open to 15 to 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four-week programme, which takes place in spring, summer and autumn school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event, complete with certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Living in Dorset, we are close to the Jurassic Coast and NCS activities on offer here include Coasteering, Kayaking, Sailing, Climbing, Abseiling, Archery, Footgolf and more and last summer they offered a three-week program, but wherever you live in England and Northern Ireland, there will be a local NCS team who can deliver your teenager’s programme.
Your teenager will live away from home for a five-day residential, which will see them living away from home and puts them through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character and confidence.
Your teenager will learn to embrace independent living, typically in university campus dorms or uni-style halls. This will help provide a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people and as the programme progresses and develops, the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.
For the social action phase – weeks three (and four), your teenager will return to their local area and give something back to their community which enables young people to connect with their communities.
Not only is it great fun for the teens, but NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 per person with bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Taking part in a course can also help with university, college and work applications as it looks great on personal statements.
Have you looked into the NCS programme?