With a daughter who is 15 – Nia, I’ve got a really good grasp of what a teenager is going through, of course I went through it myself too. A lot has changed though I think, and I’m amazed at the amount of study that is required now for exams, and the level of growing pressure that’s put on teens. Something Nia and I talk about is ways in which she can turn off, learn new things, outside of school making new friends, being part of her community and exercise. Her school is fantastic and has lots of opportunities, but with her GCSEs (she’s year 10) not far away I wanted to think of some other ideas. Of ways to give her some experiences to look forward to over that tricky time in summer next year post GCSE’s.
So that’s why when I came across National Citizen Service (NCS), I really wanted to share it with you. It’s totally new to me, but definitely something I am totally onboard with.
NCS was established in 2011 to bring together young people from different backgrounds for an experience that they share together, something totally different and unique. It’s government backed too. NCS helps young adults aged between 16 and 17 (so the summer after GCSE’s) to help them become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. In order to be part of the NSC programme, you just need to be living in England or Northern Ireland and be aged 16 and 17 – year 11. It’s a 2-4 week programme that runs over the summer holidays.
So what’s involved?
A bunch of 16 and 17 year olds, from all different backgrounds, come together to take on challenges and activities to develop life skills. They learn about leadership (great for the workplace) and via community service they really are going to become more active and engaged within society. So important I think in todays world! All of these things help with their confidence and I’m sure they’d make so many new friends in the process. The whole thing ends in a celebration for completing the programme.
It sounds amazing, somewhere where they will really get to be themselves and learn so much in the process. Cost wise I was worried it would be prohibitive but it really isn’t at £50. This includes everything, so no need to buy equipment, even food, travel and accommodation is included.
So what do you do next?
There no need to worry if you already have made plans for the summer, I know my daughter already knows she’s going away for a few days with her friends once school is out. All you need to do is register your interest in the NCS so that you can find out more and they will try and find both a place and time they can get involved.
Social Media Links to follow:
- Facebook: @NCS
- Twitter: @NCS
- Instagram: @NCSyes