National Citizen Service (NCS)
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
Where to go
We hold programmes in West Berkshire, Reading, Slough, Wycombe and Bracknell Forest.
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Summer Holidays
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £50.00 Deposit
- 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.
- Age Ranges
- Referral required
- 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.
- Contact Name
- Katharine Nutman
- Contact Telephone
- Contact Email
- 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
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