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What is it?

The purpose of NCS is to get the young people from a wide range of backgrounds working together to plan and put together a social action project within their local community. NCS aims to help young people aged 16 and 17 (whether at school, college, work or unemployed) gain new skills, challenge themselves, gain confidence and improve their C.V all whilst doing something positive in the community!

What will I be doing? 


Meeting your team and understanding NCS with icebreakers and team building games.

Phase 1: Adventure

Starting to work as a team, develop skills and challenging yourself by taking part in various outdoor activities such as high ropes and abseiling. Coach departure times and locations vary between programmes.

Phase 2: Discovery

Meeting local organisations and community members to get inspiration for your social action project. You will also get to complete an Emergency First Aid course. Summer programmes also mean you get to live away from home in university accommodation and practice independent living!

Phase 3: Social Action Planning and Delivery

This is when you start putting your plan into action and fundraise to deliver your social action project!

The following week, you will put your plan into action and be out in the community delivering your social action project. In the past these have ranged from creating sensory gardens for demetia patients, putting on activities for adults with disibilites and learning difficulties, putting on a Love Music, Hate Racism concert to raise awareness for racism and raising money to deliver backpacks to homeless people in the local area.

Phase 4: Celebration and Ongoing Social Action (NCS Extra)

Presenting your project, receiving your well earned certificate and celebrating your achievements! Your NCS journey doesn't stop there, you can continue doing social action and volunteering and once you complete a further 16 hours, you will receive another certificate!

Who is it for?

The summer programme is for those who would be have just finished year 11 or year 12 in school or college (16-17 year olds)

N.B.  You do not have to be in education to take part!

What do I get out of it?

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • NCS makes you stand out on Job and UCAS Applications
  • You develop many skills such as team work, leadership, planning and budgeting
  • You have lots of fun and make new friends
  • You have a taste of independent living
  • Your confidence will increase as you achieve great things
  • You will make a difference to your local community
  • The memories of NCS will stay with you forever!

When is it happening and how much does it cost?

NCS runs throughout the summer holidays with additional programmes throughout the year. It costs no more than £50 although bursaries are available for those from a low-income household.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up centrally online:       

or call the central call centre:                      0800 197 8010

If you have any problems with the sign-up process or you have any concerns about whether we could accommodate any specific needs please contact:

Medway Team:

Steph or Liz or 
01634 95 90 90

East Sussex Team: 

Harry or Carl or 

01323 410803


Where can I find out more information?

For more general information visit:

For specific information about the MYT programme, please contact the relevant team (contact info above)


I have additional needs, what support can I expect?

All participants will have the opportunity to meet with their programme leader on a 1:1 basis to discuss their needs or concerns. We want to know about anything that you are worried about or could need some additional help with.  It may be that you are very shy, have a learning disability, take medication or sometimes have difficulty managing your emotions.   We want to support you in the way that best works for you so that you and the group have the best time possible.


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