National Citizen Service (NCS)


The National Citizen Service (NCS) is part of the Government’s vision for building a Big Society. It aims to offer 15-17 year olds the chance to gain skills, meet new people and give back to their local communities.

NCS is an exciting voluntary four-week programme which aims to:

  • Bring together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.
  • Encourage personal and social development by working on skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication.

NCS participants get to develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they are passionate about including up to 30 hours of volunteering in their community.

Elevation Networks will be delivering the NCS programme for 15-17 year olds living, working or studying in Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire over the next 3 years. The delivery cycles are divided into spring, summer and autumn seasons.

The NCS programme is a great programme that helps young people build skills for university, work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.


The National Citizen Service is divided into four phases:

  • Pre-Programme (Recruitment and Engagement): This is the introductory stage of the programme and involves registration, introduction to staff and keeping warm activities.
  • Phase 1 (Outward Bound Residential): Full-time (5 nights, 4 days) residential programme away from participants’ local community, with a focus on teamwork and outdoor physical challenges. This provides an opportunity for personal and social development through a series of physical and mental challenges to push participants out of their comfort zones.
  • Phase 2 (Community Residential): Full-time (5 nights, 4 days) residential programme based in participants’ home community, with a focus on developing new skills and serving groups in the community (one week). Teams should use a shared passion to build on their teamwork and project management skills and develop an interest in community service.
  • Phase 3 (Social Action project): Participants design a social action project in consultation with the local community. Each team designs a project that will deliver tangible benefit to the local community and agree a plan to deliver it in around 30 hours, including time spent at weekends and evenings if appropriate.
  • Phase 4 (Graduation): A large celebration and graduation event for participants and their guests. It is anticipated that as a final challenge young people will play a full and active part in this celebration.

Note: It is important to note that the Phase 1 and 2 of the programme for the autumn cycle is shorter. 

Read about our delivery of the NCS programme over the last two years:

Spring 2014 Buckinghamshire

Autumn 2013 Nottingham

Summer 2013 Nottingham

Summer 2013 Wave 2 Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead

Summer 2013 Wave 1 Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead


For more information or to register, please feel free to get in touch:

Call 0207 404 3927or email


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