The summer holidays can be tricky especially when you have older children and you can’t just take them to a soft play or the park as they have outgrown them. I find this time hard to fill with Harry and Ellie as well as the younger ones as obviously there is quite a large age gap. However National Citizen Service known as NCS have an amazing and exciting opportunity for any children in year 11 at school. I can’t wait until Harry and Ellie are able to go and do this, it’s not only an incredible opportunity but also a fantastic price, Let me tell you a little more about it.
What is NCS?
NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
This Incredible and unique programme
●Puts young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character
●Provides a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people as the programme progresses and develops leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace
●Enables young people to connect with their communities through social action.
●Almost 400,000 young people have taken part
●More than seven million hours of community action have been completed
●For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society
NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs.
For that price who could possibly not jump at the opportunity, especially when the programme is designed to help young people gain the skills needed to move forward in life and become better people. This year more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS. That means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together.
Personally I find this something extremely important. We are growing in a society where people come from all over and I think it’s important that not only young people learn to work together from all different communities but it will also teach them about how different people of the world live their lives as they make new friends. I will definitely be signing Harry up in 2 years once he is old enough to go and I’ve no doubt at all that Ellie will also want to go the following year.
What a fantastic way to spend summer rather than just sat in the house on tablets/ phones or laptops. Out in the fresh air, learning new skills and gaining confidence!
There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website.
You can also find more about NCS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’ve actually just been looking myself and the work they do is amazing. I can see nothing but positive and uplifting comments from people who have already taken part.