My National Citizen Service (NCS) Story, by Team 8 Members
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government initiative open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England. It helps young people build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. Each NCS programme comprises a short time away from home on a residential, and a team project based in the local community.
NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop great confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they are passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
This autumn, Team 8 set out on their NCS experience and chose the charity Moving On Durham for their social action project. Before spending a few days at the Moving On Durham office, we raised money by running a cake stall, online fundraising, as well as getting donations from local shops and businesses.
Members of Team 8 provided feedback on their journey with NCS and Moving On…
“I joined NCS to make a small difference in the community of Durham. Our team chose Moving On because homelessness amongst young people is becoming more common in our area”
“When I joined (NCS) I did not expect much. I was of the mindset that I might get left out of stuff, but I couldn’t have been put in a better group!”
“During the programme we gained team building and life skills, but most importantly we developed friendships”
“It has been a good experience, being with friends but also making new friends and that staff have been really friendly too. I like to know that I have made a difference by seeing what we’ve achieved. Working with Moving On has done that for me”