• an experience to change their lives

    National Citizen Service, managed by Inspira, is a 2-4 week programme which takes place outside of term time in the spring, summer and autumn holidays.

  • Why NCS?

    On NCS, your teenager will develop the skills that employers increasingly value: confidence, leadership and independence - the lessons your son/daughter can't learn in class.

    NCS is a great addition to your son/daughter's CV. In fact, almost three quarters (72%) of NCS graduates feel more confident about getting a job after doing NCS. All NCS graduates receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and moreover, UCAS recommends students put NCS in their personal statement.

    The Cost

    NCS is amazing value for money – the whole experience will cost you just £50. Why? Because the programme is backed by the government, which invests more than £1,000 per place.

    No one should ever be prevented from taking part in NCS for financial reasons, which is why financial assistance is available.

    Where It Happens

    In phase one, your son/daughter will live away from home, and take part in a number of exciting outdoor activities; we partner with some of the country's most popular outdoor activity and residential centres. In phase two, your son/daughter will embrace independent living, typically in university campus dorms or uni-style halls. For the social action phase, your son/daughter will return to their local area and give something back to their community!

    Who Delivers NCS?

    At all stages of the journey, NCS partners with some amazing organisations including charities, college consortia as well as Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partners across the country. Wherever you live in England or Northern Ireland, there will be a local NCS programme.

    All NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people. The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured.

  • ncs has a massive impact on young people's lives

    “Programmes like NCS are a good way to develop confidence and leadership skills to encourage a new generation of business and community leaders." - Sir Richard Branson

  • Six reasons to sign up!

  • Jade's Story

    “She met some wonderful people which she’s still in contact with now, like a big family! She came back from that a very confident person. I’m proud, extremely proud”.

    Karen, parent of Jade, NCS grad

  • Libby's Story

    “I couldn’t believe the difference in her when she came back, it was amazing. She was raring to go. It’s given her the confidence to be more independent”.

    Rebecca, parent of Libby, NCS grad

  • Dan's Story

    “Before he might have seen himself as a bit more on his own and a bit more of an individual. NCS seemed like a really positive thing for him to get involved with.”

    Emma, parent of Dan, NCS grad

  • Jermain's Story

    “I loved NCS - going away in the summer, getting to meet new friends. Being able to speak in front of people was very daunting to me at a young age, NCS has developed that skill of confidence.”

    Jermain Jackman, NCS grad and winner of The Voice 2014

  • Why support ncs?

    “I would urge schools and colleges to work with NCS and together we can help prepare and develop young people for the future.”

    Brian Lightman,
    Former General Secretary,
    Association of School and College Leaders

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