National Citizen Service (NCS)



Wave 1:
Monday 20th July - Thursday 6th August (3-week programme)
Monday 20th July - Thursday 13th August (4-week programme)

Wave 2:
Monday 3rd August - Thursday 20th August (3-week programme)
Monday 3rd August - Thursday 27th August (4-week programme)


3-4 weeks




NCS is an experience you really don’t want to miss. Let’s take the world by storm!

If you’re 15 to 17 years old, this is the chance you’ve been waiting for. Make your mark, build skills and meet new people – NCS is your opportunity to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer.

NCS brings people together from all different backgrounds through new experiences and challenges that will show you what you’re made of, including a week long residential trip where you’ll get a taste of independence. Discover your talents and realise your potential whilst enjoying the experience of a lifetime.

All for just £50!

Download our Welcome Pack to find out everything you need to know! 

Contact us to find out more and sign up, or pay online now by visiting NCS here!

Here at Inspire Suffolk, we are a local education charity delivering NCS throughout Suffolk including Ipswich & Lowestoft. 

Drop us an email or pay online at NCS now. We’ll see you in no time for a summer oacked with adventure!

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To find out more about NCS and sign up, get in touch with our NCS team on 01473 353 193 or email [email protected]. We’re currently taking signups for Summer 2020!

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.

To secure your space, please contact our NCS team on 01473 353193 or email [email protected], where our team will take the details they need. 

Download our Welcome Pack to find out everything you need to know! 


If you would like to pay by card, please call between the hours of 08:30-17:00 Monday – Friday, where our NCS Team will be able to take your payment over the phone and reserve your place.  Alternatively, you can pay online now and secure your place by visiting the NCS website, click here to find out more.


You can now sign up for NCS 2020 for Ipswich & Lowestoft!

How long will it last?

NCS only lasts 3-4 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.  Everything is then all-inclusive, from food to accommodation to transport to the amazing things you’ll be getting up to!  Keep your eyes peeled for special offers too!

A maximum contribution of £50 is required to cover the costs of NCS.  Financial support to cover these costs may also be available to you.

How do I pay for my NCS experience?  If you would like to pay by card, please call the Inspire Suffolk NCS Team on 01473 353193 between the hours of 08:30-17:00 Monday – Friday, where our NCS Team will be able to take your payment over the phone and reserve your place.  Alternatively, you can pay by cheque.  Please ensure this is made payable to NCS Trust and sent to Inspire Suffolk, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, IP3 9QX, for the attention of the NCS Team.

You’ve worked hard. After a busy year of coursework, revision and exams, NCS is the perfect way to kick back and try something completely different. At last you’re out of the classroom and into the great outdoors, discovering talents you never knew you had and making friends with some of the best people you’ll ever meet. Who knows, together you might even change the world a little bit while you’re there?

This is how your programme looks:

PHASE 1 – BE EPIC:  Feel the freedom of the outside world during five days away from home, taking on adrenaline-fuelled activities like rock climbing, canoeing and archery. Your team will cheer you along every step of the way, sharing in every challenge, every success. Then you’ll have a few days back at home for some much-needed rest!  This is a chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!


PHASE 2 – LIVE LIFE:  Living independently, you’ll learn essential life skills from local business leaders and charities, gain confidence in public speaking, communications skills and budgeting. It all looks great on your CV, whatever you do next. 


PHASE 3 – DO GOOD:  Now it’s time to make your mark. Back at home, you and your team will devise a community project based on an issue you feel passionate about. You have the skills and confidence to do anything – the more original, the better! This is your chance to feel proud by making a real difference in your community.


PHASE 4 – GO PARTY:  Finally, take stock of all you’ve achieved. You’ll have overcome challenges, pushed yourself into new and exciting territories, and had experiences you never thought possible. Celebrate your triumphs with your fellow NCSers at one great event before exploring all the opportunities NCS opens you up to. This is just the beginning!

NCS is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do.

It’s your chance to explore, be inspired and find your passion. Nearly 500,000 young people have already taken part – will you be next?

During your time 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.

NCS also runs during 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: 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 353 193 or email [email protected].

“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’’ 

– NCS 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 were 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. 

– NCS Parent

The main rule is you’ll have to still be under 18 during the residential parts of the NCS experience. Put simply, if you’ll be 16 or 17 on the 31st August this year you can join NCS this summer!

Autumn programmes are slightly different so speak to our team directly about this.

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.

Sign up to NCS with a friend this March for your chance to win a pair of AirPods for you and your friend!

This competition is exclusive to Inspire Suffolk’s Summer 2020 programme. It’s a great chance to bring along a friend for the experience of a lifetime and get a taste of life as an adult (without all the responsibilities!).

For full terms and conditions, click here.

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If you require advice, get in touch using the details below

telephone 01473 353194