The first week of the NCS experience is all about meeting new friends, taking on new challenges and being epic! You will spend 4 nights and 5 days at a residential outdoor centre taking part in a whole range of outdoor activities. This can be anything from Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Bush craft and much more! It is your chance to conquer any fears you may have, try something and form lifelong friendships with your team, all whilst having fun!!
The second week of the NCS experience is a chance for you to learn some new skills and experience living independently. This week is another residential week, and you will spend 4 nights and 5 days at a hall of residence at the University of Portsmouth. Each day, you will get the chance to participate in interactive and fun skills workshops. This could be anything from Cooking, First Aid, Photography or even a challenge hunt around Portsmouth. All the workshops are practical and hands on, so at no point will you be sat in a classroom taking notes! To experience what it is like to be an adult, as a team you will also plan, buy and cook all your food for that week, so whatever you want to eat, you can cook it! This week is a great way to experience independence and brush up on some skills that you can use in the future!
The last two weeks of the experience are non-residential and are based in your local community. During these weeks, you will get the chance to do good and make a positive impact in your local area, by planning and delivering a Social Action Project. This project can be whatever you want it to be, whether that is raising awareness for a cause, taking on a gardening project or re decorating a community centre, the ideas are endless! You will spend week 3 at a local hub site planning your project and the fourth week out in the community delivering your project.
At the end of the summer, we will hold a celebration event where you can celebrate your achievements with family and friends. You will get a certificate of achievement signed by the Prime Minister which you can add to your portfolio to create a killer CV!! There are endless opportunities available afterwards as a NCS Graduate too, including further social action opportunities, job opportunities and international trips.