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NCS is a fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity. It gives young people a chance to take part in unique challenges, meet new people and make new friends whilst gaining new skills and improving confidence,all before taking part in a social action project to really give back to the local community.

NCS doesn’t ‘just end’ after an incredible four-week summer programme. Flying Futures offers an NCS Ambassador programme, giving those that have participated in the programme the opportunity to take their NCS experience to next level and further their development as an ‘NCS Graduate’.

This year we have been working with our ambassadors to sustain some of the incredible social action projects that came out of NCS 2016 and share with our new participants some top tips and examples of what has been produced in the past.

We are sharing some of this follow up work with you this week through the huge #NCSActionDay campaign – where graduates from across the country come together for a week of promoting continued social action.

Here are a group of young people from Stockton-on-Tees who gathered together recently to support a local community group by doing up a garden space. Well done to all those involved.

This is Louisa – an NCS Graduate from 2016. Watch as she shares with us her project and a top tip to get the best out of your team whilst on NCS during the social action phase of the programme. 

These are some of the other top tips our ambassadors have compiled to help this year’s participants:

  • Try your best
  • Know your cause and be passionate about it
  • Planning is key
  • Don’t be shy to share ideas with your team
  • Split up as a group and each have a solid target or task to complete
  • Be organised!
  • Be responsible
  • Bring warm stuff when it’s cold weather!
  • Just go for it!
  • Anything is possible!

On the right we have Charlotte and Jenny. They are NCS Graduates from Harrogate who took part in NCS 2016. Their social action project comprised of an awareness campaign on social media about the effects of mental health. The group created their own brand #UnspokenMinds for the campaign, along with photo postcards about mental health and where young people can go to find help.


Below are two incredible videos produced by the group sharing real-life stories about coping with mental heath. 


We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our NCS ambassadors for their continued great work over the past year. Flying Futures are looking forward to building on their current ambassador programme and inviting their prospective 2017 Graduates to join.