Having children ranging from 3 to 21 means that we like to keep informed of programmes and activities for the kids as they are growing up. We have for years watched tv shows about summer run camps in America and wondered if there was something similar in the UK, something that could help our children socially and academically become equip for leaving school and moving into the world of work.
National Citizen Service is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
At a time of huge political uncertainty, where division is more evident than togetherness, NCS is a powerful tool to ensure the next generation see more in their similarities than differences.
The Summer holidays are about getting out there as a family but I really do believe 6 weeks away from school or college etc is far too long so this 4 week programme is an ideal opportunity to make the most of the holidays. We will be discussing with our 15 year old about signing up and getting a wider experience. Making social connections, those that could last a lifetime are a more beneficial way to spend time than playing indoors on an Xbox!
Almost 400,000 young people have taken part
More than seven million hours of community action have been completed
For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society
NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs.