Get your teenager to do something amazing next half term

National Citizen Service has made a final call for volunteers
National Citizen Service has made a final call for volunteers

What’s your child got planned for half-term next year?

Probably nothing yet, but teenagers from across Northamptonshire once again have the chance to make new friends, take on exciting challenges and support their local communities by taking part in the National Citizen Service.

NCS is a once-in-a lifetime experience open to all 16 and 17-year-olds and is a unique programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a social action project that benefits both young people and society.

The programme, during next February’s half term, will include team-building activities such as archery and raft building in a 2-night residential, and is followed by a social action project that offering those taking part a chance to give back to their local communities.

In the first stage of NCS (February 13 to 16) participants will live away from home in an activity-centre with a team of 12 to 15 young people.

They’ll experience a wide range of team-building outdoor activities, including camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or abseiling.

In the second stage (February 17 to 20) they’ll have the opportunity to work with local businesses and learn project planning, budgeting and other important skills.

Finally (four Saturdays in March), the young people continue to work with their team to give something back to their community through the creation and execution of a project, centered around a social issue they’re passionate about.

It costs £35 per person and bursaries are available.

The places must be filled by December 19, so act fast!

Visit the NCS website for more information.