The National Citizen Service is a not-for-profit scheme that helps young people from all parts of society to attend residential courses with outdoor adventures, leadership training and community service, with a view to giving them invaluable skills for the next stage of their lives. This is a government backed programme which was established in 2011, designed to bring together young people from a range of backgrounds to engage in activities such as outdoor team-building exercises and social action projects.
As Mum to a Teen that doesn’t really spend much time outdoors or interacting with his peers I was interested in this concept. There had been a talk about school about NCS and he was surprisingly keen to get involved. He is about to embark on his final exams for his GCSEs and this is something for him to look forward to at the end of a stressful period.
I’ll admit that I hadn’t even heard about NCS until my Teen came home with some information. Almost 400,000 teens have taken part and more than 7 million hours of community ‘action’ have taken place. As someone who feels strongly about community initiatives – which I feature on the blog from time to time – I think a programme like this is a way of getting young people involved in something outside of their comfort zones and developing skills in them that will be beneficial in the important years to come before university and joining the workplace.
As someone who got involved in residential schemes as a teen myself, I know how important these activities were in building my confidence and developing new skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. They will also have the chance to meet new people and form friendships with others. It is also a great way to round off what will be the toughest period of his life so far in a meaningful way, rather than retreating to his bedroom to play on his PS4.
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*Disclosure – This is a sponsored post although the words are my own.