National Citizen Service (NCS)
|NCS:||£50 for all 4 weeks!|
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.
NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds with a common purpose to offer new experiences and give them the chance to take on new challenges, develop new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential whilst enjoying an experience of a lifetime.
Inspire Suffolk are a local education charity delivering NCS throughout Suffolk including Ipswich & Lowestoft. We are running programmes this year for young people in Ipswich and Lowestoft and other areas across Suffolk. Get in touch for more information!
How to sign up?
To find out more about NCS and sign up, get in touch with our NCS team on 01473 353 194 or email [email protected]. We’re taking signups for Summer 2019!
Your NCS journey starts here. It will only take a few minutes to sign up. Over 220,000 young people have already taken part in NCS and had an amazing experience.
Where, when, & how?
You can now sign up for NCS Summer 2019! We will announce dates soon but we will have programmes in both Ipswich & Lowestoft.
NCS only lasts around 4 weeks, with breaks in between, so there’s plenty of time for music festivals and the family holiday.
How much does it cost?
The whole NCS experience costs just £50, including food, activities and accommodation, with financial assistance available too. Keep your eyes peeled for special offers too!
How the programme works?
How your programme looks:
Phase 1 – Adventure: A five-day, four-night residential based away from home with fun activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. A chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!
Phase 2 – Discovery: A further 5 days and four nights 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’ll even have a go at cooking!
Phase 3 – Action: Working in teams, you’ll put your new skills into practice by delivering a community project of your choice. Thinking about what matters to you and your team, you will work together to create and manage a project or campaign in your local community. Plan, fundraise, make a difference!
Graduation: You and your mates will get together to celebrate your achievements. NCS opens up a world of opportunities, giving you exclusive access to work placements, volunteering and events.
Spring / Autumn programme
NCS also runs during Spring/Autumn half terms or during term time if within a college environment. These programmes offer all the benefits of the Summer experience but, as they are more condensed, it’s perfect for those with commitments during the summer holidays.
Phase 1: Develop confidence and bond with teammates on an action-packed outward bound residential.
Phase 2: Teammates work together to learn new skills and engaging with the local community whilst researching and selecting potential social action projects
Phase 3/4: Teams plan, design and deliver a social action project committing 30 hours to support and develop their chosen projects.
Programme Duration: Total of 7 days (plus 30 hours social action project)
To find out more about NCS and sign up, get in touch with our NCS team on 01473 353 194 or email [email protected].
On NCS, you will develop the skills that employers increasingly value: confidence, leadership and independence.
NCS is a great addition to your CV. In fact, almost three quarters (72%) of NCS graduates feel more confident about getting a job after doing NCS. All NCS graduates receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and moreover, it looks great on UCAS personal statements.
“Since he has returned he’s continued with the programme and not shirked any of his responsibilities.
I would recommend NCS to other parents, it’s a fantastic scheme for young people to go on, Universities are looking for a rounded individual these days not just a set of grades’’
– Camilla Reynolds, Parent
My son thoroughly enjoyed his time with NCS. He is a quiet boy but came out of his shell whilst and since he was there. As part of a team they walked 10 miles for the Stroke Association, raising under £400. The NCS team leaders where absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond for the kids in their care. Lowestoft NCS team you were brilliant and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
– Wenda Summons, Parent
How old do I have to be to take part in NCS?
If you are 16 or 17 years old by the end of Summer, you can still take part. Young people do not have to be in education, training or employment to take part. 15-year-olds must be in Y11 to take part in our summer programme.
Autumn and Spring programmes are slightly different so speak to our team directly about this.
Who delivers the programme?
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.
We strive to ensure all young people can take part in NCS, and we endeavour to make adjustments to the programme to cater for a wide range of needs.
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