National Citizen Service – NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
Almost 400,000 young people have taken part
More than seven million hours of community action have been completed
For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society
It costs participants just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis.
Support is provided for young people with additional needs.
On phase one, it’s time to challenge yourself! Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you’ll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home.
The best part? You’ll find yourself in a group of 12-15 incredible people you’ve never met before – people who will change your life and whose lives you’ll change.
Now’s your chance to discover something new! You’ll be reunited with your group in a uni-style environment where you’ll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.
You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community.
It’s time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you’re ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project. Plan; fundraise; make a difference!
You and your team have the power to change the world around you. Whether you’re a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference, have some amazing stories to tell, and be part of something you’ll never forget!
It’s time to celebrate in style. We think it’s only right that you and your team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in your community.
At the end of your NCS experience, you’re now part of the bigger NCS family. This is only just the beginning! You’ll get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events! Once an NCSer, always an NCSer.
In one word – YES! NCS is a chance for 15 to 17-year-olds to come together and achieve amazing things.
Let’s face it – life’s too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start your future with a summer you’ll never forget! Thanks to government backing, the most you’ll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances and local NCS provider.
NCS takes place in your local community outside of term time, so no matter what yo
ur commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just register and we’ll get you on the next available NCS spot.
Learn by Design is proud to work with NCS across the UK.
All NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people.
The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured.
Once you’ve secured your spot, Learn by Design will contact you to discuss things further and to answer any other questions you have about NCS or the programme.
Are you are a charity and need help from our NCS recruits?
We can promote your local charity as part of their Social Action Project Enterprise week. Find out more here.
Get paid to go on the adventure with them! You’ll need to have great people skills, be energetic and professional… as well as being responsible and ready for the challenge!