Parents in Lincolnshire who are interested in seeing their teenager have fun while building their confidence, making new friends, and learning life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom are advised to encourage their child to sign up for the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2020 programme - an open-to-all unifying experience shared by teens from different backgrounds.

Set to start on both the 22nd June and 20th July 2020, the summer programme will include an outdoor adventure residential week, a university residential, and a social action project to give back to the local community. 

Full to the brim of activities such as water sports and abseiling, as well as educational workshops to inspire and motivate, the NCS summer programme is not to be missed.

NCS is a flagship government initiative that provides young people aged 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships and develop vital skills that will support them later in life. It was launched to tackle three core issues of importance to society: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement.

Dannii Belton, who took part in the 2019 Autumn programme, said “My NCS experience was great and helped not only me but the group in facing our fears. I became much more confident and got involved with every possible opportunity on the programme.”

Melissa Poole, an NCS graduate that now works for Lincoln City FC, took part on NCS in the Summer 2011 programme: “I worked as a voluntary graduate and eventually was a part of the NCS team, creating a fantastic programme for young people to be a part of. During my time with NCS, I had many opportunities to work with many different organisations and be invited to events such as being a VIP at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London.

“NCS has opened so many doors for me in my career and helped find my passion for giving back to the community. As part of our social action project on my programme, we held conversation sessions in Boultham Park Care Home and renovated the garden area as a new space outside to socialise. Lincoln City Foundation still runs sessions for the care home and actively works with them to provide quality social time.

“I would recommend NCS to anyone thinking about taking part. The programme has inspired my future and way of thinking. The skills that I learned out on programme helped me get to where I am today.”

Almost 500,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving over 12 million hours to social action projects since NCS started.

Jasmine Craft, NCS Officer at Lincoln City Foundation, commented: “It only costs £50 for an exceptional four-week programme. There are just a few months left to go until the start of our summer programme, so any Lincolnshire parents who want to see their teen take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should register interest before it’s too late!”

“There’s no better way to spend £50 this summer, even a pair of trainers cost more than it does for teens to spend some well-deserved time away from home meeting new people, experiencing new challenges and, most importantly, building confidence and skills like teamwork, communication and leadership during their school holiday.”

There are still places available for 15 to 17-year-olds to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. To sign up, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk.