Will Your Year 11 be signing up to National Citizen Service this summer ? #Ad

As we enter the last full term before the long summer holidays, Xene will be finishing her first year of university in mid May and Lochlan would have been due to finish college about the same time, however he has been accepted onto a level 4 course and they have decided to begin the course after the May half-term so his summer will be the same length as the younger children.

Neva has just began the transition for their schools Student Union, she is one of three students that will head up the Culture and Community section, and be responsible for the schools fundraising programme between now and next June when she finishes. It’s hard to imagine that my third child will be leaving high school, especially as Viggo is just about to start school!

Already Neva is planning on taking part in the National Citizen Service, (NCS) I remember a leaflet dropping through my door from school when Lochlan was due to finish school, but I didn’t really know much about it, so, if you are like me and don’t know what it is or how your child can get involved, read on!

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. It is open to 16 and 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. The 2 to 4 week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

It puts young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character, provides a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people as the programme progresses and develops leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

If this sounds like something your child would be interested in doing 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.

I haven’t told you the best part yet, two to four weeks of fun filled activities to stop the school holiday boredom setting in, doing something worthwhile in the community and for yourself, meeting lots of new friends and having a great time sounds expensive, but you are totally wrong! NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs.

If, like us you take your family holiday during the six week holiday and you are thinking that your child would miss some of the NCS programme, don’t worry you can register for further information as no matter what your commitments or summer holiday plans, they’ll endeavour to get your teen a spot on the programme at a time that suits.

Do you have a year 11 ? Have they signed up to NCS ?


Comments (17)

  • Caz

    May 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

    As someone is lives other side of the world really interesting to read about education somehwere else ❤️

  • Alex

    May 2, 2018 at 9:29 am

    What a fab way to keep young teens entertained whilst they do something productive for their community! My daughter is too young but would love this.

  • Jenny

    May 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Great way to keep teenagers learning and actively doing something. Mine are a wee bit young yet but it’s a great idea.

  • Kirsty

    May 2, 2018 at 11:05 am

    These scheme looks so good. Such a great way to keep teenagers busy over the summer whilst they learn new life skills and make new friends. I’ll be sending my two if this is still around when they are old enough.

  • Melanie williams

    May 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    This is a fab idea, and I am sure many young ones will love this program to keep them busy x

  • Rachel

    May 2, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    What a fantastic idea!

  • Wendy

    May 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    This is a great idea, what an amazing thing to do as a teen and a great adventure too. I am genuinely shocked at how cheap it is, after reading what’s involved I woulda have thought it was hundreds of pounds!xx

  • Jenni

    May 3, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve read about this before. It sounds great. I wonder if we have something similar in Scotland.

  • Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    May 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    What a fab thing for children! I wish there was something like this around when I was younger as I would have Definietly want signed up. It’s a great way for keeping children busy!

  • Lisa

    May 4, 2018 at 7:21 am

    My son did this when he was in year 11 and loved it. We had hoped that he would go back and volunteer the following year but he had a girlfriend ?

  • Emily / Babies and beauty

    May 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    What a great idea. I do think it’s invaluable to teach younger kids life skills so this is fab.

  • lucie (lucielovesit)

    May 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    It’s so important to educate younger kids, this was such an interesting read 🙂 x

  • Rachelanne_bee

    May 7, 2018 at 7:27 am

    This sounds like a great course and should be compulsory in schools. All looks like really good life skills for everyone.

  • the frenchie mummy

    May 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    that looks so much fun! What a fab project for young people! I wish there was something like that when I was teen

  • Veronika

    May 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Where Roots And Wings Entwine

    May 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve hear a lot about the National Citizen service these past few weeks and think it sounds like an amazing opportunity. Wish they did it here in Wales. I hope Neva enjoys it.

  • Georgina Clarke Blog

    May 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Oh wow! Thats amazing. Such a good idea!

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