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From Merseyside to Iceland: the impact NCS has had on me

Every year we deliver National Citizen Service to thousands of young people across the country. Over four weeks 15 to 17-year-olds from all backgrounds come together to take on new challenges, become more independent and contribute to their community through social action. We're highlighting the real impact that it's had on the young people that we work with.

01 June 2018

Our National Citizen Service (NCS) teams are gearing up for a busy summer of delivering a life-changing four weeks for 15-17-year-olds across the country. As we count down to the 2018 summer of NCS, we’re sharing stories of the impact it had on the young people that went on the programme with us last year.

NCS Merseyside – Joseph*

Joseph completed NCS in Merseyside on the 2017 summer programme and has continued to stay in touch with Catch22. This summer there’s a new adventure ahead of him – Joseph is working toward being part of an expedition to Iceland with Dangoor Next Generation, a programme delivered by Catch22 that will further develop his leadership and teamwork skills.

Our NCS Merseyside team asked Joseph to reflect on his NCS experience and the impact it’s had on him so far.

What are the highlights from your NCS experience?:

“There were lots of things I enjoyed however my favourite was on the last night when we lit a camp fire and all sat around it talking about where we are from and how we found out about this and just talked – I thought this was really good and fun. By the end of the camp I had gone from knowing one person to making multiple new friends and memories and look forward to continuing and getting to know these people better.”

How has NCS had an impact on you?:

“After hearing about the NCS programme through friends and then on social media and even from my school I decided to sign up. Since completing NCS, I am part of the graduate programme within Catch22 and through this I have been able to apply to hopefully join the Dangoor Iceland expedition. This involved me taking part in an induction weekend with other young people from all across the UK. We were split into our groups for the weekend we then took part in team building activities getting to know each other’s names and stuff about each other – I enjoyed this as through things like this I am making new friends and memories.”

Our NCS Merseyside staff said:

“Joseph is a polite yet shy young person and on taking part in NCS was seeking to increase his confidence levels and to also create a larger friendship group. He completed all phases of NCS with 100% attendance and successfully graduated with the rest of his team after creating a huge impact within his local community.
We’re really proud to continue to watch him grow and to support his future development!”

*names have been changed to safeguard identities.

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