What is NCS

Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to cover as much as we can on our website but you may still have a few questions. Hopefully, you’ll find the answer below, however if you are still in need of more information please email [email protected] or call 0114 324 0523.

What if I need to miss some of NCS?

NCS is a four week programme, however if you need to miss any time due to proms, inductions or appointments please speak to a member of the NCS team. Our team will do everything they can to accommodate your plans.

Are staff DBS checked?

All staff working on the NCS programme are DBS checked, including all team leaders and volunteers.

How much spending money should they take?

Spending money is not essential as we provide everything for young people on NCS. There is a tuck shop on the first week, but we recommend no more than £20.

Are they on residential for social action ( 3rd and 4th week)?

No, these weeks are non residential, and will be based in Sheffield, times usually around 10:00am-3:00pm.

Where does the coach leave from?

Unless stated otherwise prior to departure, the coach will leave from the Sheffield Wednesday Training Complex. Middlewood Road, Hillsborough. Sheffield. S6 1TF.

Is there Wi-Fi and signal?

Dependent on venue, most sites have WI-FI, however some of our venues lack signal but you will be provided with a phone number that will be in use 24/7 for our members of staff to get in touch with site and your young person.

Can they take their mobile phones?

Yes, however we state that not to take them out on activities, also they bring them at their own risk, we are not liable for any loss or damage to electronic devices.

Do they need waterproofs?

It is best if they bring their own water proofs for the British weather, however the activity provider has their own stock in case young people don’t have them.

What if my son/daughter can’t swim?

Not a problem! For all water related activities, participants will be required to wear a life jacket for safety.

Do they need a packed lunch on the first day?

Yes, they will require a lunch as they usually travel around lunch time.

Do I need to buy any extra equipment?

No, all equipment will be provided by your local group and the outdoor activity centre for your outdoor residential. However, you will need clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty! Old jogger bottoms, old trainers and things like that. You can download your kit list by clicking here.

Will I be expected to share a room?

Accommodation varies depending on the programme, but you are likely to stay in shared bedrooms, males and females will not be expected to share accommodation.

What is social action?

A social action project is when a group work together to try and fix an area of concern for their community. Examples include renovating a community venue, holding a family fun day and raising money for a local charity.

Can I do NCS with my friends?

A large part of NCS is meeting new people, we understand that this can be a daunting experience, so we hold a series of activities before the programme, so you can meet the people you will be spending time with on NCS.

I have additional needs, can I still do NCS?

NCS is an inclusive programme; we are committed to making the programme accessible to every young person. Where possible, we will ensure that additional support is put in place to allow all young people to benefit and take part in this incredible programme.

Will you cater for my religious beliefs?

We cater for all religious and cultural beliefs and are here to talk to you about how we can accommodate such beliefs at any time during the programme.

How much does it cost?

If you take part in a summer programme, the maximum contribution will be £50, however special limited incentives are available for those that sign up early. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Are places on NCS limited?

Yes, although there are three opportunities to take part in NCS across the year, places are limited and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so we recommend signing up as soon as possible

Which programme can I go on?

Depending on your age, you may only be able to take part in certain NCS programmes – take a look at the table below and that should clear it up for you.

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are aged between 15-17 years old* and live in England, you are eligible to take part in NCS. Remember, you can only take part in NCS once.

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