What is NCS?
National Citizen Service is a flagship government initiative which offers a unique opportunity for 15-17 year olds to come together with other young people that they wouldn’t ordinarily have met in their day to day lives. Mixing cultures and social backgrounds, NCS will provide participants with an amazing springboard for their future by developing new skills and experiences.
THE EXPERIENCE THAT TURNS "NO YOU CAN’T" INTO... "NO WE CAN"
As a national youth programme, over 150 partner organisations come together to form the NCS network.
Notts County FITC is responsible for delivering the life-changing experience for young people in North Notts. We help teenagers to realise their potential, smash their future goals, and have a lot of fun along the way!
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT US, WHAT EXACTLY IS NCS?
Designed for 16-17 year olds, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and autumn, during school holidays.
The experience is all about emboldening young people, by giving them the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities). On NCS, participants live away from home and get a taste for independence. They mix with a new crowd of people and take on exciting challenges together. The experience helps young people to develop skills that will set them up for life after school.
Participants then get a chance to use these new-found skills, by tackling a passion project of their choosing. NCS is dedicated to providing a platform for young people where they can speak up, get their voice heard and tackle real-world issues close to home.
The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a lot longer. Since day one, in 2011, nearly 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
We're gearing up for Summer 2020, heading out to schools in the local area to tell you all about our NCS programme!
Summer 2020 Departure Dates
Our NCS programme is split into 3 different waves, with staggered departures throughout the summer.
Wave 1: 29th June – 24th July 2020
Wave 2: 13th July – 7th August 2020
Wave 3: 20th July – 14th August 2020
In the run up to our Summer programmes we have the following events scheduled:
January - Mansfield Superbowl:
- 28th January, 6-8pm: A chance to meet other young people that are going on programme and have a free game of bowling on us.
March - Parent Q&A Sessions:
- 21st March, 9am-1pm, Mansfield Civic Centre,
- 14th March, 9am-1pm, Alfreton (Post mill centre)
Parent Q&A sessions: A chance to come and meet the NCS core team and have a cup of tea or coffee, fill in any outstanding paperwork and make sure that parents have all the information they need.
March - Trampolining:
- 7th March, 6pm-9pm, Freestyle trampoline park.
A chance to come along have a fun evening having a bounce with friends and meeting some new friends as well. £3-4 per person
April - Pizza & Quiz Night:
- 21st April, 6.30-8.30pm, Mansfield Civic Centre
- 23rd April, 6.30-8.30pm, Alfreton (David Neiper School)
Pizza and quiz nights are a chance for the young people to come along and meet others that are going on the same dates and meet the staff that they will be going out on programme with. They will also have the chance to ask any questions that they need and will be a good break from revision and a last event before programme starts.
June – Parent Information evenings
- 4th June 2020 – 5.30-7.30pm, Ashfield School
- 8th June 2020 – 5.30-7.30pm, Alfreton (David Neiper School)
- 9th June 2020 – 5.30-7.30pm, Mansfield Civic centre
This is a chance for the parents to come along with or without young people and get a real free for the programme and what the young people are embarking on. The presentation will go through the finer details of programme specific times/dates and locations and will make sure that the parents are fully engaged and know all relevant information. This will also be a chance for any young people to give us any friendship links to make sure we have the right information for putting them in teams and the core team will be able to answer any question young people or parents may have.
July – Party in the Park
- 8th July (wave 3 only)
Carr Bank Park or Sutton Lawn – last keep warm event for people going on the 20th July to make sure they are still fully engaged – this will be a chance to meet everyone in their teams and get to know the staff members that will be going out on programme with them. There will be party games such as giant Jenga, giant twister, team building games and some other games as well.