Who can participate in NCS?
NCS is open to all 15-17 year olds who have finished year 11 or those not in education of equal age.
In addition those up to the age of 25 who receive special educational provision may also be eligible to take part, dependant on individual circumstances.
My son/daughter has additional needs, can they take part in NCS?
Yes, young people will be in the same group of up to 15 others for their NCS journey, each group will have a full time mentor to support them at all times and if necessary one to one support will be available for young people with additional needs.
What do the young people do on NCS?
NCS comprises of three phases, the ADVENTURE residential phase where you get to stay away from home with friends at an outdoor activity centre. The DISCOVERY phase working on life skills that make for a killer CV. Finishing with the SOCIAL ACTION phase were the groups go out into the local community to make their mark.
On the autumn and spring programmes the ADVENTURE phase takes place Friday evening to Monday afternoon. The DISCOVERY phase takes place during the day Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. SOCIAL ACTION phase takes place on Friday and up to four additional Saturdays.
The summer programmes take place over a four consecutive week period (Monday to Friday). The ADVENTURE phase is a week long residential at an outdoor activity centre. The DISCOVERY phase is a second week long residential taking place at a University campus. The final two weeks of SOCIAL ACTION are all about making a difference, this phase takes place back in your local area and is non-residential.
Activities and programme timetables can vary, participants will be sent more information about what takes place during each part of the programme before their start date.
How can I sign up?
You can complete the online registration forms to secure an available place on one of our upcoming programmes.
How will NCS benefit me?
NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to help 15-17 year olds grow in confidence and gain the teamwork and leadership skills that employers and universities value. NCS is also recognised by UCAS and will help deliver a great personal statement and CV.
Participants will also get the opportunity to take part in exciting activities, make new friends and contribute to their community.
When can I do NCS?
NCS takes place for four weeks during the summer holidays or during the autumn half term holiday. We have a range of start dates available for NCS depending on which county you live in.
Spaces on our Summer 2018 programmes are now available. Various start dates are available from 25 June - 30 July 2018 depending on where you live.
For more details about available start dates please contact us on 01522 574101 or start your application now.
How much does NCS cost?
To take part in NCS there is a £50 programme charge. Although online signups receive a 10% discount meaning that online signups via the ncsem1.org.uk website cost £45.
If the programme charge is a barrier, there is an NCS bursary in place to assist you with this payment, reducing the programme cost to £10. Please contact the local NCS registration team for more information.
Where can I take part in NCS?
EM1 delivers NCS in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire & Rutland. If you live or go to school in any of these areas you can participate in NCS with EM1. To signup for one of our programmes click here.
If you are outside of these areas, you can find your local NCS provider through the national NCS website.
Where will young people be staying during the residential phases?
There is a range of accommodation options available during NCS, and the specific accommodation will vary by programme. Details of the accommodation and locations for each programme will be sent out to participants, a minimum of two weeks before programme.
Some accommodation including bathrooms may be shared with other young people of the same gender.
How do I get to the locations for each phase of NCS?
For the ADVENTURE and DISCOVERY phases of NCS, transport will be provided to and from the venue. There will be several regional pick up points in each area that the young people will be responsible for getting to. Travel from the regional pickup points to the venue will be by coach.
For the SOCIAL ACTION phase of the programme, activities are based in a centralised local area that young people need to make their own way to.
Can I do NCS again?
Once a young person has taken part in NCS, they cannot do the programme again. However, there are opportunities open to them to continue with NCS. Each graduate automatically joins an NCS Association after graduation and has the chance to be elected on to a regional youth board. Another opportunity is presented in the form of the Graduate programme which supports the young people to undertake new voluntary activities. They also have the option of becoming a mentor for subsequent NCS programmes when they are old enough. For further details please contact the NCS Graduate officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
My friend is taking part in NCS, will we be in the same group?
Group allocation will be based on where you live, if you want to be grouped with a friend please email us with the start date of your programme and the names of your friends, we will then try to make sure that you are in the same group, however this cannot always be guaranteed.
I'm concerned about taking part in some of the activities on programme e.g heights
Whilst young people are encouraged to take part in all activities and challenge themselves, we will never force a young person to take part in any activity that makes them feel uncomfortable.
If you're concerned please call us to discuss on 01522 574101 or email email@example.com.
Do I need to attend all of the programme?
In order for a young person to graduate from NCS they must complete all 3 phases of the programme.
All three phases must run consecutively and young people are not able to spilt attendance over multiple start dates.
If a young person needs to miss any time during the programme then please contact us before signing up to discuss.
I have asked for a specific start date, when will I receive confirmation of my start date?
You should receive confirmation within one week of receipt of your sign up pack. If you haven't received confirmation of you place within 10 days please contact your local provider.
Are mobile phones allowed on NCS?
Young people may bring their mobile phones and will be able to use them when activities are not taking place. However, please note that there may not always be mobile phone reception at the venues.
Please note we are not able to insure personal belongings so young people who bring mobile phones or valuables do so at their own risk.
Will young people need to bring any money with them when they come on NCS?
Young people do not have to bring any money, but they may want to bring a small amount with them as there maybe opportunities to buy snacks and souvenirs. We suggested a maximum of £10 for this.
Can dietary requirements be catered for?
We do everything we can to cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies.
Parents/Guardians should ensure they enter this information on the relevant section of the application form. If you have already signed up and need to add dietary please contact us as soon possible.
Please note that food is only provided during residential phases of the programme, young people need to make their own provision for lunch on non residential phases.
What supervision will be available?
The young people will be grouped into teams of up to 15; each team will be allocated two adult mentors, who is responsible for the supervision of their team. Some mentors are employees of the organisations delivering NCS and others will have been recruited and trained specifically for the programme. The recruitment of mentors will be subject to an Disclosure and Barring Service Check (previously CRB) and will comply with The EBP’s Safer Recruitment Policy (available on The EBP website, www.the-ebp.co.uk). All mentors will have received a comprehensive training programme.
What Health & Safety provisions will be in place?
All organisations delivering NCS in EM1 have public liability insurance for NCS and individual venues have relevant insurance for their activities. Failure of a young person to follow all instructions and to act responsibly may invalidate insurance, in this case, young people may be asked to leave the programme.
Risk Assessments have been carried out to identify hazards and action taken to mitigate the risk. Whilst the organisations will take every reasonable step to ensure the safety of young people, it is also imperative that the young people act sensibly and follow all rules set by the organisers.
What is your refund policy?
If a young person chooses to withdraw from our NCS programme within 14 days of receipt of their payment, they will be eligible for a full refund of that payment.
To access this refund young people or parents/guardians can contact us by phone or email as soon as the young person knows they will be unable to participate in the programme. This way, we can offer this place to another young person who would like to take up the opportunity.
In the rare circumstance that we are not able to offer a young person a place on the programme on any of their selected dates, we will also offer a full refund.
Refunds will be made in the same format as they were received:
- If you paid by card we will refund your payment back to the card you paid with
- If you have paid by cash or cheque we will contact you to arrange a refund by cheque