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What is NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don't want to miss. If you're 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don't. Miss. Out.

  • UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement
  • You learn the skills employers value
  • Learn to budget and live for yourself
  • Meet incredible people
  • Get your voice heard!

Don’t miss your chance to do NCS! In one amazing summer, you’ll live away from home, develop skills to boost your CV, and meet amazing people you’ll never forget. So what are you waiting for? Change starts at yes!

NCS only lasts around 4 weeks, with breaks in between, so there's plenty of time for music festivals and the family holiday. The whole NCS experience costs just £50, including food, activities and accommodation, with financial assistance available too.

Make NCS a part of your summer!

NCS takes place in your local community outside of term time, so no matter what your commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just register and we'll get you on the next available NCS spot.

NCS is really proud to work with some amazing organisations across the UK and is delivered by a series of charities, college consortia and Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships across England.

All NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people and the programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured.

Once you've secured your spot, your local NCS provider will contact you to discuss things further and to answer any other questions you have about NCS or the programme.

The National Citizen Service, NCS, helps 16 & 17 year olds kick start their lives through a once in a lifetime adventure. The programme helps teenagers make amazing friendships, learn new skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories! #NCSYes

Check out our NCS social media channels here:

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/NCSYes
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/NCS
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/NCS or follow the hashtag #NCS
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/NCSYES

The programme


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. In your team, you'll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. Even if you're the biggest scaredy-cat, you'll be a rock climbin', zip wirin', canoe-conquerin' machine in no time!


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. Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you've got a hidden (or not so hidden) passion for photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

Social Action

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.

Work with us

Are you a people person who's passionate about making a difference? The life-changing NCS experience wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our amazing delivery staff. You can be a part of this incredible youth movement.

Summer 2017 is set to be our biggest yet, with 20,000 seasonal roles available across England. Opportunities include community-based, residential and office-based roles, and can last from four days to four months! Opportunities are also available during half-term.

Our seasonal staff are at the heart of NCS, and we’re proud of the thousands of people who motivate, lead and inspire young people on their NCS journey. The success of NCS wouldn’t be possible without the passion and dedication of our unique grassroots partners.

Find out more!

To find out more about NCS, use the links provided and follow us here on icanbea... for the latest news, events and opportunities.

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