National Citizenship Service (NCS) is a voluntary programme for year 11 students, which was launched in 2011. It is a chance for young people to spend some of their summer holiday undertaking challenging activities: three weeks is full time including a two week residential element, and a minimum of 30 hours spent delivering a project for the benefit of the local community.
The aim of NCS is to give participants the opportunity to get ahead by having fresh experiences and learning new skills that are valuable to employers and further education organisations, such as leadership and team building.
Is South Yorkshire, NCS is delivered by a consortium of football league community schemes co-ordinated by the Football League Trust. In 2012, Rotherham United approached the Lifewise Centre about putting on an Away Day for the young people enrolled on their NCS programme. Following these two pilots which ran over the Summer of 2012, the Lifewise Centre’s NCS Away Days have grown in popularity.
The project management of the NCS Away Days is undertaken by a Project Officer from South Yorkshire Police’s Community Safety Department.
The NCS Input delivered at the Lifewise Centre meets the PSHE criteria by including content outlined in the government’s national curriculum statutory guidance around: drug education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
The programme delivered by the Lifewise Team and its partner agencies covers elements within PSHE’s three ‘core themes’:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World.
The programme also covers preventative / protection messages, with a strong emphasis on criminal consequences and is generally harder hitting than other programmes delivered within schools.
NCS Closing Report 2015
Appendix A - Young People Evaluation
Appendix B - Group Leader Feedback Results