Say Yes to NCS
If you want to make friends, take part in unbelievable adventures and gain essential life skills then YES, NCS is for you!
Watch the video to below to hear from the people who completed the course:
From raft-building to learning essential CV-boosting skills, watch the video to find out about all the different phases you'll take part in during your NCS.
Does NCS sound like a good opportunity for your child?
Hear some of the parents talk about the positive changes they saw in their children after taking part in NCS in the video below and find more resources for parents here.
Still unsure? Read our blog here and make sure you check out our video below to find out how NCS can kick-start your future.
Take part in adventurous activities, learn essential life skills that look great on your CV and make a difference to your community!
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You can take part in our four-week summer programme or our shorter programme during October half-term.
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If you’re 15-17 years old and you want the opportunity to make friends, go on once-in-a-lifetime adventures and gain valuable skills that make your CV stand out then YES, NCS is for you!
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Do you think your child will benefit from taking part in NCS?
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National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15*-17 year olds across England.
Our group had mixed emotions when we first arrived on our NCS programme, most of us felt nervous and scared because we had never done anything like this before. There was an element for some of us where we felt curious and excited about what lay ahead, too.
The away residential is all about pushing yourself and your personal boundaries. The variety of challenging activities helped with this. We have taken part in the following activities;
This week we (The A-Team) started our first week of social action. We had 3 ideas on the table at the start of the week for our project including; mental health, environmental issues and homelessness.
We spent most of our first day trying to decide which topic to cover. After much discussion and debate, we opted to try and do something to raise awareness about youth mental health, and to try and reduce the stigma around mental health. Our group decided to start by carrying out a survey with young people to gather their views on mental health so that we could ensure our campaign met their needs. We constructed our survey on Google and shared it with our friends and contacts on social media, we also went to Newcastle city centre and carried out face to face consultation with random members of the public. Over 340 people completed our questionnaire in total - which we are so proud of! We all felt so nervous approaching random strangers, but out of the whole team of 12 people 7 of us would feel more confident after doing it and felt that it is something we could do again. Some of us had to deal with a challenging member of the public too, but we had put a plan in place so we could signal to our youth worker if someone was upsetting or intimidating us. It worked really well, and she was straight there when it got challenging. This taught us how important it is to plan and risk assess your activities, and that it is important to look out for one another.
We have spent the rest of this week researching mental health to help inform our campaign. We are hoping to produce a leaflet and wristband campaign, which can be used in schools, with us potentially producing assembly and teaching packs that can be used by teachers and youth workers across Northumberland. Our group have other ideas to, including creating a you tube video and a hashtag, but we will have to see how our project develops over the next week to see if we have time to put all of our ideas into fruition.
The NCS opportunity continues to be such a positive experience for us all. We are still working so well together as a team. We feel we have learnt so much about good team dynamics and can see how this will massively benefit us when we start our careers in the future.
Our highlight for this week has been cooking our 3 course meal. This is one of the missions we have to complete for our Northumberland Challenge (which is an extra project attached to NCS when you go on programme with Northumberland Youth Service). It was great taking responsibility for cooking for a large group. We made sure everyone contributed to deciding on the menu and preparing the meal. We were so organised and even made our starter and components for our main the day before. Our menu included: leek and potato soup; pizza with various toppings and to finish brownies and ice cream. We prepared virtually everything from scratch including our pizza dough, tomato sauce and garlic mayo. It was so nice to sit down and enjoy a meal we had prepared together. Our new friendships are one of the best things to come out of NCS - so to have a meal together was great treat this week.
We are so excited for next week when we get to start making a real difference. We are looking forward to working with an artist to
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