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National Citizen Service (NCS) with Services for Young People

“NCS was a great experience. I met wonderful people and made friends that will last a lifetime. I can’t express all the good things that NCS brought in my life and hope it does for you too.”

NCS summer 2021

NCS Moving Forward

Why not take part in NCS with us this summer?

Take part in NCS and you'll do loads of amazing activities that’ll help you make up for some of the time you lost over lockdown. Sure, you could Netflix-binge your way through your summer holidays… but if you want a summer to remember get yourself on NCS.

Watch this video to see what we have in store for you this summer: 


Here's what you'll be getting up to

The NCS experience is divided into four phases:

  • Be Epic
    Feel the freedom of the outside world with two days taking on adrenaline-fuelled activities like climbing a 'Jacob's Ladder' of suspended logs, crate stacking and axe throwing. These adventurous outdoor activities will be at Operation Encounter near Baldock in Hertfordshire. Your team will cheer you along every step of the way, sharing in every challenge and every success.

  • Live Life 
    Next up, you’ll spend three days at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, gaining crucial life skills, all supported by our experienced youth workers.

  • Do Good 
    During a week at St Paul's Church in St Albans you and your team will devise and deliver a social action project based on an issue you feel passionate about. You'll have the skills and confidence to do anything – the more original, the better! This is your chance to feel proud by making a real difference in your community.

  • Go Party 
    Celebrate your achievements with your fellow NCS grads and receive your certificate signed by the prime minister!

To find out more visit or click below to start your sign up journey now!


Who can come along?
NCS is open to Year 11 and Year 12 students aged 16 or 17. You’ll be in a team of around 15 other young people from your local area. You might recognise the odd face from your school or college, or you might be meeting everyone for the first time. That’s the beauty of it – lots of new mates await at NCS!

Where and when?
Our two-week programmes will be happening during the 2021 summer holidays for young people in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans. Hatfield, Potters Bar and surrounding areas. Transport is available. 

Start dates:

  • 12th July 2021
  • 19th July 2021
  • 26th July 2021
  • 2nd August 2021


How much does it cost?

A place on NCS costs just £50. However, we want to ensure that the programme is accessible to everyone, so there are bursaries available if you need some help to cover the cost. Just speak to a member of the Services for Young People NCS Team and we’ll see what we can do.

What about Covid?

We’re following the government and the National Youth Agency’s guidance on managing youth sector activities and spaces during Covid-19. That means you'll be in venues that have been selected and checked following rigorous guidelines and specifications to ensure the safest environment possible.

When you're in a group, it will have no more than 15 people in it, plus the staff looking after you. All staff will have been trained to deliver high-quality, safe experiences... and are there to make sure you're having lots of fun too!

There will also be signs up in all buildings and supervision to make sure you're able to move around safely. All activities you take part in will have been designed with Covid-19 considerations in place - requirements on social distancing, PPE and how many people can be involved.

How do you sign up?

To get the ball rolling on your NCS application, head over to Once you’ve registered your interest, a member of the Services for Young People NCS Team will be in touch and from there, we can confirm your place!

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