If you didn’t manage to catch the NCS guys in the Dining Room, you may be wondering what all the fuss around the NCS is all about.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) brings together young people from across the board to take part in social and community projects. Not only is it great fun and a chance to do something you’re passionate about (not forgetting to mention that it looks great on your CV), it also helps you to develop confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication, essential whether you are heading in to the world of work or onto a higher education degree after your time in college.

The projects run during the spring, summer and autumn, and if you take part, you’ll develop a social action project to deal with a local issue you’re passionate about, spending 30 hours putting the project into action within your community.

NCS projects are open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England, so if you fancy doing something a little different, remember that it all starts with a YES. Find out more here.

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