What is NCS?
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. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.
NCS is a chance for young people come together and achieve amazing things. Let’s face it – life’s too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start your future with a summer you’ll never forget!
Phase 1 – Adventure
On phase one, it’s time to challenge yourself! Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you’ll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home. The best part? You’ll find yourself in a group of 12-15 incredible people you’ve never met before – people who will change your life and whose lives you’ll change.
In your team, you’ll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. Even if you’re the biggest scaredy-cat, you’ll be a rock climbin’, zip wirin’, canoe-conquerin’ machine in no time!
Phase 2 – Discovery
Now’s your chance to discover something new! You’ll be reunited with your group 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 could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community. Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you’ve got a hidden (or not so hidden) passion for photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!
Phases 3 & 4 – Social Action
It’s time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you’re ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project. Plan; fundraise; make a difference!
You and your team have the power to change the world around you. Whether you’re a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference, have some amazing stories to tell, and be part of something you’ll never forget!
It’s time to celebrate in style. We think it’s only right that you and your team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in your community.
At the end of your NCS experience, you’re now part of the bigger NCS family. This is only just the beginning! You’ll get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events! Once an NCSer, always an NCSer.
*content taken from the NCS website – www.ncsyes.co.uk/what-is-ncs
The Sheffield United Community Foundation are an established provider of the “National Citizen Service (NCS)” programme and have delivered to over 1500 young people since the summer of 2012. NCS involves fun and challenging activities, away from home residential experiences and a self designed social action project through Sheffield United Community Foundation.
Example NCS wave
Induction – Meeting the staff and your new NCS team mates, collecting your NCS kit, getting all the info you need and that final chance for any questions!
Away residential (5 days) – 4 days away from home on a full time residential programme with a focus on teamwork and outdoor physical challenges, games and adventures. Activities such as: Watersports, Gorge Scrambling, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, etc.
Home Skill Development and Social Action Planning (5 days) – 5 days living in student accommodation, planning for your social action project, developing independence by managing your own food budget for the week and having your own flat to maintain. With a focus on developing new skills for work and life. Activities include sports leadership qual, 1st aid training, business and enterprise training. Evening activities include: Come dine with me, the Apprentice, student led activities night.
Social Action Project (30 hours – Sheffield) – Participants to design and deliver a Social Action Project that will help benefit the community and make better place to be. Project is student led and supported by NCS staff. Participants can complete around their own commitments.
"Completing NCS with Sheffield United was the highlight of my summer last year! I cannot speak highly enough of the programme"