National Citizen Service (NCS)
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 brings people together from all different backgrounds through new experiences and challenges that will show you what you’re made of. Discover your talents and realise your potential whilst enjoying the experience of a lifetime.
This is your chance to help get the country back to business by dedicating up to two weeks to your very own social action project!
Here at Inspire Suffolk, we are a local education charity delivering NCS throughout Suffolk including Ipswich & Lowestoft.
How do I sign up?
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, head over the the NCS website to complete your application.
The NCS Programme is totally free!
You can join online now and secure your place by visiting the NCS website, click here to find out more.
Where, when, & how?
You can now sign up for NCS 2020 for Ipswich & Lowestoft!
How long will it last?
Our 2020 NCS course will last for up to 2 weeks!
How much does it cost?
The whole NCS experience usually costs just £50 but, due to Covid-19, the programme is now totally free!
How the programme works?
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, 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?
The NCS Keep Doing Good programme is all about working as a team and learning new skills to help you complete a meaningful Social Action project at the end of the programme.
• How has lockdown affected me and the community?
• The power of Social Action and how I can get involved?
• Healthy body, healthy mind and positive wellbeing!
• Personal branding and employability skills
• What is volunteering?
• What is fundraising and how to set up a campaign?
• Learn how to identify and mitigate risks in order to deliver a safe Social Action project
• Your voice matters!
• Social Action project delivery
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.
“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
How old do I have to be to take part in NCS?
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! The main rule is you’ll have to still be under 18 during the residential parts of the NCS experience.
Autumn 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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