The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme is an initiative, supporting 16 and 17-year-olds from all backgrounds to work together, take on new challenges and make a difference. 

It aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities. NCS helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and making new friends. 


By participating in NCS, young people will:  

  • Take on new challenges and learn new skills 
  • Make a positive contribution to the local community 
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem 
  • Engage in volunteering opportunities 
  • Develop their CVs

Phase 1 – Adventure 

An exciting residential week packed full of team challenges and outdoor adventures, including rock climbing, kayaking, archery and abseiling. This week enables young people to set the foundations for the rest of the programme supporting them to work positively together and develop communication and team work skills. 

Phase 2 – Discovery 

A residential week in a uni-style environment where young people develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication. Young people also have the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of their community and to gain work experience through volunteering 

Phases 3 and 4 – Social Action 

All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means young people are ready to step up and plan and deliver their very own social action project. 


Young people are invited to attend the Graduation along with their parents/carers to celebrate their hard work and commitment to the programme. 

71% developed leadership skills
83% felt more positive towards people from different backgrounds