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NCS Programme

A youth programme like no other. Designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future.

Why should I do NCS?

NCS provides the buzz of being an adult without the responsibility of being an adult. Over a few weeks it gives teenagers a crash course in life skills that inspire them to feel independent. They’ll meet new people, stay away from home, take on adventures and challenges and get their entrepreneurial hats on to do some good.

First up they’ll meet loads of new people and battle some outdoor adventures together. The next week they’ll be staying away from home and taking on challenges like cooking and public speaking. And finally they’ll get their entrepreneurial hats on to think up some ways to do good in their local area.

After all of that (and a well-deserved party) they’ll be full to the brim of newfound skills, friends, excitement and motivation that stick with them for life. So whatever they want to do with their lives or whatever they want to change in the world, they can

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Phases of NCS

Be Epic

For Phase 1, you can Be Epic and spend five days and four nights away from home, having adventures and bonding with your team whilst developing your skills and knowledge for the future. You will take part in adventurous activities such as rock climbing, zip lining, abseiling, raft building and problem solving. You will stay at a pre-booked outdoor activity centre and don’t worry, food, drink, accommodation blocks, activities and washing facilities are all included in this week.

During this week away, you will spend the time getting to know your team, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and living your best life – doing something different with your summer.

For more information go to the NCS website.

*The residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is fulfilled by the adventure part of the Be Epic phase of the NCS programme.

Read a blog about Phase 1 from a Catch22 NCS Leader here.

Live Life

Live Life is all about you increasing your own personal skill set and increasing your confidence levels to becoming an even better version of yourself. We’ve created the best workshops and activities to develop your skills even further. You’ll be taking part in sessions like employability, confidence, social enterprises, first aid, social action planning, the city centre challenge, and our infamous event day. Each day will be topped off with team challenges that wrap up the day, things like food eating challenges, minute to win games or a bingo rave.

You’ll be staying at University Halls of Residence and getting involved in sessions at your local University/higher level campus. This is another five days and four nights residential away from home.

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 2 here.

Do Good

This is the perfect opportunity for you to do something good for your local community. You’ll be given the chance to create your own community focussed project that can help a local cause. You’ll be tasked to raise awareness, carry out some volunteering and completing fundraising activities to raise funds for a charity. This part of the programme is totally youth led, you create your own team project with a tiny amount of guidance from our wonderful staff team!

Some teams choose to support the homeless, domestic violence, cancer research, children in care, abandoned animals, Alzheimer’s and many more. But we’re confident that you’ll do something wonderful for your community!

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 3 here.

Go Party

After all your hard efforts on NCS this summer and the positive impact you will have had during your social action project, we want to reward you with a graduation ceremony and a party to remember. We’ll organise an event for you to meet up with your teams and the rest of your wave, so you can celebrate in style and remember your NCS experience with a bang!

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 4 here.

After NCS

You will then become part of a wide network of over 400,000 young people who have completed NCS so far. And NCS doesn’t have to stop there – there are also a range of opportunities both locally and nationally for graduates once your programme has finished.

The opportunities can keep on coming long after the graduation. There’s loads more you can do with us as an ‘NCS grad’. You have the option to:


When does NCS take place?

NCS takes place outside of term time in summer and autumn. There are plenty of dates to choose from so there is nothing standing between you and starting your NCS journey!

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*For the autumn programmes, you will be living at home for this part of the programme