Calling all parents of teenagers A few years back a new scheme to help teenagers to be better citizens and also gain some valuable life skills was set up in the UK. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed scheme set up to assit the teenagers of today with a set of transferable life skills to enable them to build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. The NCS hopes to develop these skills with Year 11 students in England and Northern Ireland once they have completed their GCSEs. The scheme is all about having fun, making friends and gaining life skills for the future.
NCS is a powerful course that will assist 16 and 17 year olds to gain awareness about the similarities with their peers as opposed to pointing out differences; the values are based on inclusiveness. The course will put the teenagers through:
- Activities that challenge the youngsters to come out of their comfort zones, thus develop their strength of character
- NCS provides a progressive journey that allows the teenagers to have more responsibility encouraging leadership skills which will be necessary to succeed in the workplace
- The teenagers will gain experience of connecting to with their communities through social action.
- To date almost 400,000 young people have taken part
- This has meant that more than seven million hours of community action by NCS participants have been completed
- It has been proven that for every £1 spent by NCS in 2016 the benefits to the teenagers and the community was between £1.15 and £2.42
The NCS is run as a summer camp for 16 and 17 year olds. Teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds and social settings are encouraged to take part. tha im is to encourage community spirit, to bring out the best in the next generation ans develop more focused, well rounded adults. the camps are 2 to 4 weeks and will take place during the school holidays.
During a NCS camp the teenagers will have the opportunity to take part in up to 4 activities:
- Activities to encourage team building, which will mainly based outdoors.
- The camp will be residential which allows the teenagers to learn valuable life skills in an environment that is not so familiar.
- There will also be a community based social action project.
- A celebration event to mark their progress and achievements.
The camp is priced at £50 and that covers food, accommodation and travel expenses. There is also bursaries available if needed. These are dealt with on a case by case basis Any additional needs your child may have can also be accommodated. If you have already made plans for this years family summer holiday, sigh up for information on future event as I really do feel this to be a valuable experience in order for your teenager to gain some new friends and well as developing life skills that can be used in university, their future work place and also their community.
There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website where you can find out more. More details can be found on the NCS’ social media accounts: