How it works

The are 4 phases to each programme……

Phase 1 Adventure

So, once you’ve decided on the programme for you, we’ll place you in a group of 12-15 amazing young people and the best thing about NCS is that these will be people you’ve never have met before – people that could change your life, or you could change theirs.

In your first week you’ll go away with your team to an outdoor activity centre - this is a chance for you to get to know each other, experience the freedom of being away from home and make new friends.

In this week you’ll get the chance to take part in adrenaline-fuelled activities with your team mates like: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.

Phase 2 Future

So now you all know each other – the next phase of NCS brings the group you went away with back together to live away from home again - this time in university style accommodation*.

Not only will you be learning to cook for yourselves (think roast dinners, not pot noodle!), but you’ll also learn some huge life skills that make for a killer CV. You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community, whilst learning about the issues they face. Alongside this, you’ll be developing new personal skills (teamwork, leadership and communication) and will get the opportunity to find out more about the skills you have a passion for, such as photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

* If you’re taking part in the spring/autumn programme then you won’t go away for phase 2, but will still take part in as many cool, life-changing experiences – you’ll just wake up in your own bed.

Phase 3 Making a difference

Now you get the chance to put all the skills and experiences you’ve learnt into practice as a team, agreeing on a social action project that will really make a difference in your local community.

You and your team have the power to change the world around you - given the respect, tools and opportunities to do it. This is your chance to be part of something amazing - plan your own project, fundraise for it and make it happen!

Phase 4 Graduation

Once you’ve completed the programme, you're now part of the bigger NCS family - Graduates of NCS get the chance to attend some of the greatest shows and events going and they be constantly developing amazing ways to keep you involved with NCS, your community & with all of partners we work with.

As a reward for all of your hard work and achievements on the programme we’ll throw you a big party to celebrate. At the end of NCS, not only will you be a completely different person, but you’ll have made a huge network of amazing friends for life and done something truly inspirational in your community.