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NCS - National Citizen Service

General Details

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience open to all 16 – 17 year olds across England. The programme builds the skills and confidence of participants to help them get ahead in work and life.

To date over 100,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS. Every young person can take part whether they are academic, sporty or creative and regardless of income, background or ambition.

The programme is government backed so participants pay no more than £50. The price includes residential accommodation, transport and food. Bursaries are available and the programme is free to young people who receive free school meals.

NCS takes place out of school time during the autumn, spring and summer holidays. The next programme in Suffolk takes place during the October half term, and is made up of three parts:

First, participants spend 3 nights and 4 days away from home enjoying instructor-led group activities such as rock climbing and archery. Plus they get to learn important life skills like budgeting for meals and cooking.

Then they spend 3 days back in their local community where participants learn new skills plan and then pitch for funding a social action project of their choice.

Finally they spend 30 hours, across evenings and weekends, with their groups, making their social action project happen before graduating together.

Who to contact

NCS Team
Customer Service
0845 4607410
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Rosebery House
41 Springfield Road

Note - we run programmes across Suffolk. Please contact our team and we'll put you in touch with your local NCS provider.

Additional contact

Additional Website
NCS in East Anglia

Where to go

Area served
All Suffolk
Transport to the first residential part of the programme will be provided.

NCS programmes happen during out of school time over the autumn, spring and summer holidays. 

These are offered across Suffolk, including but not limited to Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Haverhill, Newmarket and Stowmarket.

Days & Times

Summer holidays, autumn or spring half term
Time of day
Session Information
NCS happens during out of school time

Other details

Cost Details
£35 for Spring and Autumn half term, £50 for the summer programme
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

All 16 & 17 year olds in Suffolk can take part. The programme is worth over £1,000 per person, but costs parents just £50 or less as it is government backed. 

Age Groups
Young people

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
NCS Graduates receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister and the programme is officially recognised by UCAS.

Service users involved in planning
Participants come up with their own social action project to improve their local community.
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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

All young people can take part. Please contact our team to discuss how we can best support your needs. 

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