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National Citizen Service (NCS)

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National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed programme open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.

It helps them build skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends.

NCS consists of three separate parts, Adventure, Skills and Social Action. Adventure comprises a residential stay at an outdoor activity centre, where the young people take on physical challenges and bond with their teammates. During the Skills section, young people learn a skill such as drama, media, sport, photography, art or enterprise whilst they practice independent living at university-style accomodation. Finally, during Social Action, young people will design and deliver a project to make a difference to their local community. 

The programme runs over the course of 3-4 weeks and there are 12 start dates to choose from between June and August. NCS is provided over five different locations across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Wecan also be extra support provided for young people if required, from minor adjustments to 1 to 1 support workers. 

NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. NCS looks great on CVs and UCAS applications, whilst also being a fun thing for young people to do during their summer holidays. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Katharine Nutman
Contact Position
Outreach Associate
Telephone
07469151468
E-mail
katharine.nutman@the-challenge.org
Website
National Citizen Service

Where to go

Notes

We hold programmes in West Berkshire, Reading, Slough, Wycombe and Bracknell Forest. 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Summer Holidays

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£50.00 Deposit
Details
The most a young person will ever have to pay to participate in NCS is £50, but we do offer discounts for local authority teams, schools and charities quite regularly. Additionally, there is financial support available for those who need it. Cost should never be a barrier for participating in NCS.

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
No
Referral Details

Local Authority teams are encouraged to make referrals to Katharine Nutman, Outreach Associate, for those young people who would not otherwise engage in NCS, but young people are able to sign up without a referral at ncsthechallenge.org. 

 

Other notes

We are able to cater for young people of all needs, and can provide extra support when necessary.

Local Offer

Contact Name
Katharine Nutman
Contact Telephone
07469151468
Contact Email
katharine.nutman@the-challenge.org
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)
We will work with you to do our best to resolve any access issues.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)
Any young people born between 1/9/1999 and 31/8/2001 can participate, or young people of Year 11 or Year 12 school age.
How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)
Parents, guardians and young people can sign up themselves for NCS, and local authorities can refer young people to Katharine Nutman, Outreach Associate.
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)
Parents, guardians, young people and local authority teams can expect to hear back from NCS within 3 working days.
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Yes
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs
The most you will ever have to pay for NCS is £50, but there are discounts involved for various organisations, local authority teams and schools. Furthermore, financial assistance is available. Cost should never be a barrier to NCS.
How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
All staff go through a comprehensive recruitment and training process, and all have a full DBS check. We ask all young people to complete a code of conduct which ensures the safety of everyone.

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