The NCS team have visited every Southampton secondary school since October to promote the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme.  We have 6 ‘waves’ going out over summer and with just two weeks left until Wave 1 departs, we are still able to accept sign ups who are aged 16-17 and who live in the Southampton City Area.    

About NCS

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

To date:

  • Almost 400,000 young people have taken part
  • More than 12 million hours of community action have been completed
  • For every £1 spent, NCS’  2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society

It costs participants just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.

Almost 400,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 11.7 million hours to social action projects since NCS started.


Hayley Pettitt-Miller, NCS Project Manager for Youth Options commented: “There’s just 2 weeks left to go until the start of our summer programme, so any Southampton parents who want to see their young person take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should register interest before it’s too late!

“There’s really no better way to spend £50 this summer, even a pair of trainers, costs more than it does for teens to spend some time away from home meeting new people, experiencing new challenges and, most importantly, building confidence and skills like teamwork, communication and leadership during their school holiday.”


There are still places available for 15 to 17 years to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. To sign up, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk.