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Designed for 16-17-year olds, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and autumn, during school holidays.

The experience is all about emboldening young people, by giving them the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities). On NCS, participants mix with a new crowd of people and take on exciting challenges together. The experience helps young people get a taste for independence and develop skills that’ll will help them reach their future goals.  

Participants then get a chance to use these new-found skills, by tackling a passion project of their choosing. NCS provides a platform for young people where they can speak up, get their voice heard and tackle real-world issues close to home.

The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact, that lasts a lot longer. Since day one, in 2011, nearly 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.


How long is it?

NCS is offering two programmes in summer 2021, one is three weeks long, and the other is two weeks long. Participants will have the same amazing time whichever programme they go on! They’ll both include meeting new friends, navigating fun and exciting new challenges together, and learning life skills. NCSers will also find out more about their local community and work together as a team to turn their passion into action, delivering a social action project that tackles an issue that’s important to them. For the three week programme, young people will do all of this, plus have a residential week, where they’ll stay in selected accommodation overnight for four nights. For the two week programme, young people will do all of this in their local area, with no residential aspect. For each programme, the week lasts five days, with a two day break in between.

What activities will I be doing?
This will depend on the program length and time of year, but you will pick up some awesome life skills from team building, presenting, CV and interview workshops. There is something for everyone.

What measures are in place to make sure it is safe?

Safety is a top priority! Those who run the programme are made up of staff from local NCS teams ( and seasonal staff. Seasonal staff come from a variety of backgrounds – teachers, youth workers and even NCS graduates. They go through a robust recruitment process to ensure they’re suitable, have full training and are required to complete an enhanced DBS check, too. Additionally, centres and sessions are fully risk assessments in advance of a programme.

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