Those of us with older children, will know that it is not as easy keeping them entertained to when they were much younger. Are you dreading the summer holidays already wondering how you will manage to get through it with a stroppy bored teenager, just ask yourself this question ‘Is your child unstoppable?’ if so read on.
The National Citizen Service, is a government backed programme that was established in 2011, to help bring young people together, from different backgrounds and share a great experience with NCS, to help them grow as individuals,
The NCS programme is open to 16-17 year olds across the country, where they can take part in a 2-4 week programme (taken in school holidays), which includes a variety of things from outdoor team building exercises, a residential to learn ‘life skills’, a community based social action project and then a celebration at the end, plus also making some great new friends.
For you as a parent
- Your child will go through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character.
- They will be given more responsibility to help them develop leadership skills, which they can take with them for when they start working
- Enables your child to connect with their community through social actions
For you child
- They will meet people from different backgrounds, where they share this experience
- They will become part of a more engaged society
- Almost 400,000 young people have taken part
- More than seven million hours of community action has been completed
- For every £1 spent, the NCS 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 -£2.42 of benefits back to society
The aim of NCS is about changing lives and helping to tackle some of the country’s biggest social challenges, and the best place to start is giving the younger members the right tools, opportunities and respect so that they can change the world around them. They feel that every young person should be given the opportunity to take part, and build a generation that can make a difference to their society.
I have a friend whose daughter joined an NCS programme and had such an amazing experience, she said it taught her so much more than she would have learnt at school, and she did come back with so much more understanding, and has made some amazing new friends for life, who she would never have met previously.