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Friday, 13 April 2018

Aged 16-17? Sign up with NCS this Summer. Let's bring Young people Together!

Aged 16-17? Sign up with NCS this Summer. 
Let's bring Young people Together! 

If you're 16 or 17 years-old? National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 3-4 week experience to help build your confidence and self belief so that you can take on anything in life. Get to stay away from home, have fun, develop skills and meet amazing new friends. You could have a Summer to remember, including all your food, accommodation and activities, all in for up to £50. That sounds like it's too good to be true but I can assure you, it's not.

I can hear you saying, what's NCS? So let me tell you all about it. NCS is a government backed programme that was established back in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. It works by bringing together young people from all 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 year more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds and walks of life 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.

At a time of huge political uncertainty, where division is more evident than togetherness.

NCS is a powerful tool to ensure our next generation see more in their similarities than differences. In a nutshell, the 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. 

You may be worried about plans you've already made for Summer but don't worry NCS wants to include everyone so make sure you register for further information as no matter what your commitments or summer holiday plans, they'll  endeavour to get your teen a spot on programme at a time that suits. My daughter Chloe just misses out this year as she's not 16 until December but it's definitely something she'd love to take part in. She loves staying away from home and taking part in challenges with the chance to do something great and make some amazing new friends along the way. I kinda wish I was 16 again so I could go.

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. Even if you're still undecided, still register your interest and who knows what amazing adventures this Summer could hold.

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