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National Citizens Service

What is NCS?

National Citizen Service is a once in a life time experience for young people in year 11 and 12 of school or college. More than 200,000 teens have already taken part across the country.

If you’re aged 15-17* years old and living in Sunderland or Gateshead you’ll be embarking on your NCS rite of passage with Groundwork.

The biggest ever summer NCS programme begins July-August.

An adventure of a lifetime

On the first week of the programme, you’ll step out of your comfort zone as you spend a week living away from home in a residential centre. You’ll make new mates and experience adrenalin-fueled activities such as abseiling, kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing, ghyll scrambling and more. Staff plan evening activities, and you’ll have free time to socialise.

Make your mark

In the second week, you’ll be living in student accommodation at Sunderland University. Here, you’ll take part in a range of workshops and training – helping you build vital skills that set you apart from the pack and make for killer CVs and UCAS applications! 

You’ll put your new skills into action as you and your team organise a social action project on an issue that matters to you. You’ll spend about 30 hours planning your project together, and another rewarding 30 hours making it happen. This is your chance to make a difference in your community.

Get recognised

After four incredible weeks on programme it’s time for a glitzy graduation party! This is a night to celebrate all of your hard work and bring along two guests to celebrate all of your hard work, and receive a certificate signed by the prime minister.

Continue making a difference

After graduation, many young people want to continue the incredible work they’ve been doing. NCS will help you find the best opportunities for you which could be international International Citizen Service, local volunteering, joining our Youth Board, or even an NCS Ambassador! 

For any enquiries about the NCS Programme with Groundwork, please contact:   
*15 year olds can take part if they turn 16 by the end of August