Parents & Guardians

...Helping your teenager get ahead.

What is national citizen service (NCS)?

NCS is a once-in-a lifetime experience open to all 15 - 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland that helps fast track your teen’s future.

It is a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a social action project that benefits both young people and society. On this programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, learning new skills and contributing to their community.

NCS takes place out of school time during the autumn, spring and summer terms and represents great value for money for parents as participants spend time away from home with all meals and activities covered. Government backing means the most you will ever pay for NCS is £50 for the whole experience, including food, activities… everything. Your teen will learn how to be self-sufficient, developing new life skills such as first aid, managing a budget and cooking for themselves and their new friends.

Launched in 2011, to date over 130,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS across the UK and 3.3 million hours have been dedicated by NCS graduates to social action projects designed to improve their local communities.

Phone our North East call centre for advice and registrations: 0191 338 7800.

Learn from the parents of NCS grads:
> Kate Brunskill, Mother of Rebecca Brunskill


I hadn’t heard of NCS before Rebecca came home asking to take part. The fact they were offering to take my child away camping and on such adventures made me nervous to let her go, but I was soon reassured by colleagues at work whose children had been on NCS, and loved it.

Rebecca’s never had a problem mixing or making new friends – but I did worry her expectations of the programme would be too high and she might want to come home, but she proved me wrong. She soon met another young girl from another part of Liverpool and they’ve stayed friends ever since, doing things together outside of NCS.

"The change to Rebecca’s maturity was noticeable as soon as she came home. She’s now capable of talking to people she’s never met in a grown up manner. She can listen to the views of others and hear criticism without being upset. In return, she can voice her own opinions and deliver them with eloquence and understanding, which is beautiful to see.

In fact, the skills she developed are so apparent and she was so empowered by the experience that she’s gone onto launch a nationwide campaign called ‘Step Up To Serve’ alongside HRH the Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and become a member of Youth Parliament. More recently Rebecca was recognised by Liverpool John Moores University and honoured with a “Good Citizen” award. Her NCS experience gave Rebecca an understanding of the challenges and difficulties that people can face in life. What she realised is that she can make a difference - even if it’s as simple as bringing some joy to others - and by doing so, take enjoyment from that alone.

Rebecca’s transformation has been amazing. She’s learnt so many skills from being involved in NCS, there are almost too many to mention. She’s about to embark on her journey from school to university, where these skills will help her forge a path in life, and I can’t wait to watch.