This is a government initiative that offers young people aged between 15 – 17yrs* the opportunity to build new skills, take on new challenges and meet new people.
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 and pickup points to choose from so there’s nothing standing between you and the awesomeness of NCS. Check out the areas we cover and search for the one closest to you – we pickup at various points across these regions so if you’re not sure or just want to chat about the programmes, just contact us. Click here to search available challenges or click here to contact us.
Phase 1 – Adventure, Let Loose
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
Phase 2 – Discovery, Sharpen Your Skills
Next up is being reunited with your group. In the Summer programme to live away from home for five days in university style accommodation, or a fun filled three day home stay in our Autumn programme. Regardless of which date you choose this phase of the programme is set to line you up with life skills for the future. 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!
Phase 3 – Social Action, Be the Change
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 also you’ll have made a huge network of amazing friends for life and done something truly inspirational in your community.
*You’ll get the opportunity to choose when you’d prefer to do NCS, but if you’re currently 15 you’ll need to turn 16 by 31st August to sign up for the summer or autumn programme. Don’t worry if not, you can still continue to complete the form and we’ll keep in touch.