National Citizen Service (NCS) Programmes for 15-17 year olds (up to £50 maximum cost according to the website)
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National Citizen Service (NCS) Programmes for 15-17 year olds (up to £50 maximum cost according to the website)

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Found 13th Feb 2014
NCS is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories.

NCS takes place outside of term time in spring, summer and autumn

Phase 1
1 week at an outdoor activitiy centre.

Phase 2
Some time at university accommodation (Summer programme)

Phase 3
Social action project that will really make a mark on your local community.

Phase 4
Graduation - grads have the chance to attend some of the greatest shows and events going and we’ll be constantly developing amazing ways to keep you involved with NCS

NCS is delivered by a series of charities, college consortia and Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships across England.

Government websites mentioning the scheme:

gov.uk/gov…ice

education.gov.uk/chi…ice

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Original Poster

Government websites mentioning the scheme:

https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national-citizen-service

http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/nationalcitizenservice

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Edited by: "thetarget" 13th Feb 2014

I did this a while back. A fantastic scheme, got me my first girlfriend. It was nice.
Also you got a nice certificate signed from the Cameron himself.

Looks really good . I'd have deffo went for it back in my day ,I wonder if my daughter will think the same .....

mtayloronline93

I did this a while back. A fantastic scheme, got me my first girlfriend. … I did this a while back. A fantastic scheme, got me my first girlfriend. It was nice. Also you got a nice certificate signed from the Cameron himself.



I did it too. Poor experience, when I did it (last year) the certificates were not signed by David Cameron, and in the final week, we helped a skate park - not something I would call a charity.

Although, I had a poor experience, I can see how some people may like to do it.

Oh dear.

My 15 year old son attended last year over a period of 4 weeks and it's provided invaluable skills and will definitely help when he's writing his Personal Statement. I paid £35 and it took a bit of persuading initially but he didn't mind in the end as a couple of his friends also attended. I think it should be mandatory after year 11.

gonna try n get my 16yr old daughter on one of these
sounds good abd yes 'meat' for personal statements and future cv's

thanks op heat added

I worked as a team leader on this.
Make sure you look at the company you sign up with as some are better than others
It really is good for the CV and brilliant for someone who wants to build social skills. Also I wouldn't be worried if your child has a social/ behaviour disorder, as I found that they achieved the most out of it!

reindeer333

I did it too. Poor experience, when I did it (last year) the certificates … I did it too. Poor experience, when I did it (last year) the certificates were not signed by David Cameron, and in the final week, we helped a skate park - not something I would call a charity.Although, I had a poor experience, I can see how some people may like to do it.



It doesn't have to be a charity though. It's a social action project. It consists of helping/ improving the community or alternatively helping a charity, either-or

Thanks, this looks good .. now to try convince my 15yr old to sign up

Original Poster

I am pleased some of you are finding this to be a useful deal.

A shame it did not exist when I would have qualified for it.

For those needing to persuade sons/daughters/niece/nephews/... to attend; try getting one or two of their friends to sign up at the same time. That may persuade them to go away with their mates via this for a weeks holiday (phase 1). The scheme also seems a great way to make new friends and to meet a variety of people outside of their normal social group. There will be a bit of luck involved with regards to fellow people attending & how well they form bonds; and the social action project they end up being involved in which will decide how enjoyable they find the programme. Hopefully a sense of achievment too once the social action project is complete.

It seems amazing value for a maximum cost of £50.

Original Poster

RFC1795

Thanks, this looks good .. now to try convince my 15yr old to sign up



Potentially a couple of years to persuade your 15yr old to sign up! Unless the scheme gets cancelled.

Yeah, is a bit of a worry that something like this might get cancelled. Lets hope not. Wish it was mandatory in ways!
I'm going to talk to her about this. I can only see her going if one of her friends join her too ... luckily one of her best friends seems to have liked their FB page so that's a good sign. I'm just a bit worried that she won't go the extra mile and actually try make more friends and broaden her horizon in ways. Sometimes going it alone is a better way .. but still, better she goes with a friend rather than not go at all (_;)

Sounds like a tentacle of' Common Purpose'.

Original Poster

A government e-petitiion could be set up to try to get it made mandatory. Only 66 degrees of heat on here. It would be quite a hope for the required 100,000 signatures for it to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
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