National Citizen Service (NCS)

Type of service:
Groups, Clubs And Activities
The Pembroke Building, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8DG
Telephone number:
0800 197 8010
Email address:
Service description:

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 16–17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland, funded largely by money from the UK Government. The scheme takes place in the summer or autumn (coinciding with school holidays) and usually consists of:

  • Phase 1 (‘Adventure’): Five days at an outdoor activity centre
  • Phase 2 (‘Discovery’): Work experience and mentoring
  • Phase 3 (‘Social Action’): Run a local social action project
  • Phase 4 (‘Celebration’): A special 'graduation' event

Volunteers usually pay £50 each to take part in the scheme, but there are bursaries for those from low-income households.

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Age range:
16 years - 17 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - School (5-18)
Referral route:
  • Contact service direct
  • No referral needed
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