We are proud to deliver National Citizen Service (NCS) activity programmes, helping young people to make extraordinary friendships, learn new skills and create unforgettable memories.
Carnegie Great Outdoors delivers an activity programme for the National Citizenship Service (NCS) on behalf of the vInspired and the National Youth Agency Partnership, the EBP and Flying Futures.
NCS is a personal and social development programme for young people aged 16-17, run over the course of four weeks, outside term time; and CGO deliver the programmes for the vInspired/ National Youth Agency, Leeds United Foundation and Leeds Youth Service.
Launched in 2011, over 200,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS and 3.3 million hours have been dedicated by NCS graduates to social action projects, helping to improve their local communities. With NCS, participants build skills for work and life, taking on new challenges and adventures, whilst building their confidence and making friends for life.
NCS programmes and the activities are focused around six key principles: social action, inspiration, reflection, increased responsibility and independence, social mixing and challenge.
The scheme consists of a four week programme, and CGO instructors and course directors deliver week one. In this first week, young people are given the opportunity to stay at an outdoor activity centre, getting to know each other and experiencing the freedom of being away from home with new friends. They are encouraged to get involved in adrenaline-fuelled activities such as: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.
During week two, the young people then go on to live away from home in University style accommodation to learn life skills, meeting organisations and important people from their community. In week three they get a chance to put all the skills and experiences into practice as a team agreeing on a social action project that will really make a mark on their local community. Week four is a big party to celebrate everything that has been achieved throughout the programme.
Government backing means the most a young person will ever pay for NCS is £50 for the whole experience, including food, activities and much more.
For more information please visit the National Citizen Service website.