What does NCS involve?
Working in teams of new friends, your teen will experience a wealth of exciting new challenges and experiences, which have been designed to provide them with life skills that are invaluable to their future.
In the first stage of NCS, your teen will live away from home in an outdoor activity centre in teams of 12 to 15 young people. They’ll experience a wide range of team-building outdoor activities, including:
- High & Low Ropes,
- Zip wires
In the second stage, they’ll be closer to home (Summer project only, at a local residential), where they’ll have the opportunity to work with local businesses, meet MPs and community leaders, learn media/presenting skills, journalism, project planning, budgeting and other important life skills.
Finally, your teen returns home, but continues to work with their team to give something back to their community through the creation and execution of a community project, centered around a social issue they are passionate about.
Who will be responsible for my teen on the ground?
The safety and well-being of participants is paramount. NCS is delivered across England and Northern Ireland by a network of experiences youth and community organisations including charities, college consortia, volunteering work, community, social enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships. NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and have the appropriate training to work with young people.
All the activities are comprehensively risk-assessed and overseen by carefully selected trained instructors and mentors and the programme is quality assured locally and nationally.
Will taking part in NCS interfere with my teens academic studies?
No. The NCS summer programme takes place in the summer holidays. Our shorter autumn and spring programmes can take place at any point during the autumn or spring half term holidays.
The NCS summer programme takes place in the summer holidays. Our shorter autumn and spring programmes can take place at any point during the autumn or spring half term holidays.
How do I get my teen involved?
Your teen can register their interest to participate either by using the sign up page on our website, filling in a short expression of interest form at one of our school or college presentations or by calling Lindsey on 07391 869091 or via email email@example.com.
Once registration is complete, we will send you more details on the project they have signed up for.