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NCS gives young people the chance to learn important skills, give back to the community and achieve recognisable accreditation at the same time. And it’s great fun!

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs work in partnership with Essex County Council to run NCS across the whole of Essex, so wherever you live in the county, you can sign up to do NCS.

If you are or will soon be aged 16 – 17, NCS is a once in a lifetime experience.

Along with thousands of other people your age, you’ll take part in different outdoor activities, develop skills you didn’t even know you had, learn new things, help your local community and best of all make a load of new friends. You’ll also be given the opportunity to create a project you really care about and bring it to life in your local area.

How does it work?

Away Residential
With NCS you’ll live with your team at an NCS site for a short period. While you’re there you’ll take part in a range of activities, learn loads about yourself and make new friends. At the end, you and your team head home to help out in your local community.

Skills Building
A huge part of your NCS experience is developing and growing your skills, but the coolest part is that you’ll have the opportunity to put them into practice when you take on projects in your community.

Social Action
Here’s where you get to help your local community, practicing good citizenship by choosing a good cause to support and giving your time as a team to make a real difference.

Celebration Event
At the end of it all, celebrate at an event where you’ll be recognised for your achievements and even get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister. It doesn’t stop there though. As a graduate you’ll have access to loads of other opportunities and the chance to venture overseas with the International Citizen Service