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National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 16-17 olds in years 11 and 12.  NCS is the Government’s flagship personal and social development programme giving young people an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and make a real difference in their local community through social action.

Groundwork South has been delivering NCS for three years and engaged almost 500 young people across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.  90% of young people who have take part think that they have increased in confidence as a result.

‘It was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad I took part. Thank you!’
Natasha, Windsor & Maidenhead

‘It was better and bigger than I expected’
Harpreet, Slough

Why do NCS?
NCS can help you fast track your future by learning new skills for work and life.  It looks fantastic on your CV as we focus on developing skills which employers are looking for from confidence to leadership.

NCS is also recognised by UCAS and is something with will make your personal statement stand out from the rest.

What’s it all about?
Our main NCS programme takes place during the summer holidays:

  • Week One: participants spend the first week away at an outdoor activity centre where we will do a range of team building and outdoor activities from raft building to the leap of faith (climbing and jumping off a tall pole).  The teams will get to know each other and have a great fun start to the programme.
  • Week Two: A week long residential closer to home, normally based at University halls of residences.  We will do a variety of activities and workshops from project management to cooking as well as learning more about community organisations.  In the evenings we will do fun activities and games to relax after a busy day.
  • Week Three: In this week, groups will plan their Social Action projects (this week is NOT residential).  At the end of the week, groups will have to present their project plans to a Dragons Den which will consist of local business leaders, with the aim of securing further funding.  Business mentors will give feedback and support to the projects.
  • Social Action Implementation: follow the three full-time weeks of the programme, young people will deliver their Social Action projects (30 hours) across days, evenings, weekends, dependent on the projects chosen.  Example projects include: fundraising for local charities, Pop-Up Gym to promote exercise and healthy eating, teaching IT skills to the elderly, writing a children’s story and doing readings in libraries and nurseries.
  • Graduation: participants and parents come together to celebrate their achievements and graduate from NCS!  Young people will receive a certificate, signed by David Cameroon, in recognition of their hard work and achievement.

Following the programme, NCS graduates will have an abundance of opportunities to continue to volunteer and get involved with other programmes both in the UK and overseas. We also run shorter programmes in October and February half-terms.

Get involved!

If you’d like to get involved or for more information, please get in touch with Poppy Horsman for NCS on 01273 022321  or

More information!
For more information about the programme go to

Parents and guardians
For more information for parents and guardians, please go to