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National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 15-17 olds, where they learn skills for life, take part in challenging activities, meet new people and make a real difference in their local community. Not only is it a lot of fun, it’s recognised by both UCAS and employers nationwide.

Groundwork South has been delivering NCS for five years in the south of England, and engaged almost 300 young people across Sussex.  
“Such an amazing time at NCS with Groundwork South. Lots of new memories and I’ve made so many friends that I’d love to stay in contact with.” Rebekka, 16, West Sussex

“I don’t know what I was expecting at first, but everything went better than I could have thought of! Met the best team, like family.” Rose, 16, West Sussex

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 do we do on NCS?
Our main NCS programme takes place during the summer holidays and we have an amazing four weeks planned for Summer 2018!

Week 1
We’re off to the Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk to go glamping! We’re staying at a bell tent site right near the beach, and we’ll be doing sea kayaking, zorbing, climbing, coasteering and raft building among other things. In the evenings we’ll have bonfires and beach parties so everyone gets to know each other and has an action packed, challenging and fun first week.

Week 2
Another week-long residential with your new mates where we run workshops ranging from First Aid to Meditation, Healthy Relationships to CV Skills, and meeting an Olympian to Public Speaking. It’s an interactive, thought-provoking week designed to give you an amazing time as well as prepare you for your future.

Weeks 3 & 4
The final two weeks of NCS aren’t residential – you meet up with your teams and staff every day (Monday to Friday) and put all your new skills in to action by planning and delivering your very own social action project. Teams come up with an issue that matters to them in their local communities and plan a project that will make a lasting difference. They then present this at the end of Week 3 to our panel in a Dragon’s Den made up of local business leaders, to take advice, feedback and possible support to their project.

Week 4 is when you deliver your social action project. Past teams have come up with a range of projects: a flashmob to raise awareness for LGBT, painting a mural in a children’s hospital, creating care packages for the homeless and even a mini Olympic games in an elderly care home! Not only is this really rewarding and makes a real difference to your local community, it’s great experience to write about on a CV or personal statement.

Graduation and beyond!
This is your chance to celebrate all the amazing things you’ve achieved on NCS, with participants, staff and parents coming together to hear about your experiences and see you receive your nationally recognised certificate – signed by the Prime Minister!
At Groundwork South we like to say you haven’t done NCS, you’re doing NCS, and as a graduate you’ve unlocked the door to loads more opportunities exclusively for NCS graduates. We have internships with Santander, a national Youth Board, links with international volunteering programmes and possible paid positions on NCS as well as loads of other incredible opportunities – so get involved.

Get involved!
If you’d like to get involved or would like more information, please get in touch with Jasmin Assanoh, our NCS Project Officer on 07702 532 634 or email at

More information!
For more information about the programme go to

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