If you had asked me what the National Citizen Service (NCS) was 6 months ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders and apologised for not knowing. But fast forward to now, and NCS is talked about almost daily in our house. Morgan is counting down the days until his NCS adventure begins at the end of June, 3 days after he finishes school.
The NCS programme is open to 15-17 year olds (you need to be turning 16 by the 31st August), and aims to bring together young people from different backgrounds and cultures. Morgan heard all about NCS after they came to his school, and delivered an assembly to the year 11s. The 4 week experience is split into phases, and whilst every NCS programme will slightly differ due to where you live, this is what Morgan has to look forward to.
Week one (Adventure) 5 days spent at an outdoor adventure centre in Yorkshire. All accommodation, activities, food, and transport are included in the £50 fee.
Week two (Discovery) 5 days spent living on campus at Chester University.
Week three and four (Social action) 10 days will be spent in the local community.
Celebration A chance to relax and celebrate your achievements at the end of the NCS experience.
And yes you did hear me right, the cost to participate in the NCS programme is only £50. This is down to NCS receiving huge Government backing, as the cost to deliver the programme is substantially more. And we can all agree that you don’t get much from the Government. If it helps our teenagers to be more confident, give them the skills for future employees, and meet new people, then surely this is an amazing opportunity for them.
Signing up to NCS was really easy, and you can do this on their website. The best part for Morgan was being able to go on the programme with his mates, which NCS will try and do so you are not alone. There was a range of dates available, from the minute they finish school, to right through the summer holidays. They have chosen to go on the 25th June, and whilst Morgan will miss 2 days as he is going to Italy with school, NCS were really accommodating.
He has already been to an open evening, and had the chance to meet the people who are running his NCS programme. It also gave him the chance to meet up with other people from different schools. We also get to attend a meeting in June, and as a parent I am really impressed with how the NCS programme is run.
Morgan has such an exciting summer ahead of him, and as a parent I am proud that he has decided to participate in NCS. We just need to get these GCSEs out of the way first, and then it’s full steam ahead for the summer of NCS.
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*Written in collaboration with NCS*
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