To stop your teenager from saying ”I’m bored!” this October  half-term, why not send them on a one week course (including a three-night activity trip away) and 30 hours voluntary work in the community?  This great new programme is part of the National Citizen Service backed by the Government.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a fun, challenging, personal and social development programme which helps young people aged 15-17 (school Years 11 and 12) to become more confident by taking part in socially responsible activities such as social action projects.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your kid must be aged 16 (and turned this age before 31 Aug this year) or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn’t matter if your kids are at school or not.
There are thousands of places available and the programmes will take place during the dates of your local area’s October half-term week. All food, transport, activities and accommodation are included. Participants also get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony. The course includes:

Days 1-4 (three night, four day residential): Teens will stay at an outdoor activity centre and take part in activities such as hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. This part of the programme focuses on personal and social development.

Days 5-7 (at home): Teens will take part in team workshops to learn life skills, such as first aid and financial management. They will design a social plan to make a positive change to the local community. This involves spending an extra 30 hours on evenings and weekends after the course to deliver it.

What are the benefits?

The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is recognised positively by employers and further education providers.

It’s a fun way to spend your half-terms or summer holidays
Anyone and everyone in Years 11 and 12 is welcome
The programme helps prepare you for life beyond school or college
You’ll develop qualities valued by employers
If you’re thinking about university, NCS will look excellent on your UCAS form
You’ll make lifelong friends along the way

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and they will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible – once the places are gone, they’re gone.

Can’t afford it?

If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it for less or even free with a bursary – you can find out more once registered.