What is NCS?

Welcome to National Citizen Service (NCS) for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire (also known as NCS East)

 

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. 

Year 11 and 12 students and 15 to 17 year olds can develop the tools and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. 

NCS gives thousands of young people across England the chance to meet other people from all backgrounds and tackle outdoor challenges during an exciting residential week away from home. Social action is at the heart of the NCS and participants will also have the opportunity to make a real difference in their communities; linking in with local organisations and community leaders to deliver tangible and meaningful social action projects. 

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ONE SMALL STEP,

ONE GIANT LEAP

Stay away from home in the great outdoors. Meet new people, build your confidence and try new challenges led by fully qualified staff.

LEARN REAL

LIFE LESSONS

Become independent. Discover more about your community and learn vital new life skills.

FAST FORWARD

YOUR FUTURE

Be inspired by businesses and community groups. Design a project to help a local charity or cause of your choice.

MAKE YOUR

MARK

Work with new friends to deliver a social action project in your community.

ACHIEVE AND

GRADUATE

Celebrate your team’s achievements at a special graduation ceremony. Receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

CONTINUE

YOUR JOURNEY

Take part in further social action, use your new skills in study and work and enjoy exclusive NCS graduate opportunities.

NCS Key messages/Ethos
6 Principles of NCS

Collectively they create a unique experience for young people...

 

  1. Social Mixing
    Providing young people with the opportunity to mix and build relationships with people from different social backgrounds;
     

  2. Challenge
    Putting young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zone and develop strength of character;
     

  3. Increased responsibility and independence
    Providing a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people as the programme progresses and develops the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace;
     

  4. Reflection
    Encouraging young people to reflect, supporting them to learn from their experiences and become more resilient, confident and more effective in their decisions and relationships;
     

  5. Social Action
    Enabling young people to connect with and get involved in their communities and develop skills that are useful for future employment;
     

  6. Inspiration
    Encouraging young people to flourish after NCS – continuing to mix, contribute to their community and achieve personal goals.

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