NCS is a unique full time; part-residential programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and the local community. Young people will build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to the local community through a social action project, aiming to get young people in Luton involved in the community and making a difference. The programme lends itself to a transition onto the Interact project once complete, as a continued effort to build social action projects for the local community.
All young people aged 16-17 – who have not completed the NCS programme previously.
Key partners / funders
National Citizen Service
Anna Butterworth – Youth Worker
Project Case Study 1
RM is a young person who had little confidence with heights which could have prevented her from accessing elements of the residential, were it not for the support of her peers. RM struggled with the abseiling activity and became extremely nervous at the top of the wall. Two of her peers were at the top with her and the rest were on the ground. Their patience in waiting for her to come down and vocal support once she achieved this meant that the outcome was an achievement for not only RM but for the whole group. It gave her the confidence to try the high ropes course first, before any of her peers and complete the leap of faith, something she would not have done previously. RM is currently applying the skills developed on residential with the support of her team and with renewed confidence to develop a social action project making a difference to others in the community.
Project Case Study 2
ANN is a young carer with Asperges. Prior to coming on NCS she was apprehensive and had anxiety about leaving home for such a long period of time. I discovered that ANN is noise sensitive and so allowed her to have her headphones which might not have otherwise been appropriate. This meant she quickly adjusted to being comfortable in the environment as she knew that the staff supported her needs. Through consistent praise where she became involved in group activities, ANN thrived and quickly showed herself to be a leader. The break through moment being where she chose to stand and sing for the rest of the group one morning. Her transition has enabled her to become a team leader for her social action project and I have since offered her a volunteering opportunity at TOKKO on a Saturday.