Work Experience student Tino visited the Hill End Outdoor Centre today to learn all about the National Citizen Service (NCS), a programme for young people that runs in Oxfordshire and across the country. Here's what he had to say:
At Hill End today I went round the site taking photos, exploring the place and interviewing one of the leaders Ed.
I learnt a lot about NCS and what they do and why and how it first started. I also learnt that NCS helps a lot with the engagement and understanding of the environment for young people and it also expresses the interest of being socially connected and involved as citizens.
The NCS includes a residential at the Hill End Outdoor Centre on Eynsham Road, Oxford 0X2 9NJ. It is age ranged from years 15 to 17 years old.
It is a four week programme which is split up into three segments these are:
- Skills Phrase
- Social Action
The NCS Programme provides people to have an unforgettable time!!!!!!!
The six principles of NCS
- Social Mixing - Providing young people with the opportunity to mix and build relationships with people from different backgrounds and areas.
- Challenge - Putting young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zone and develop strength of character.
- Increased responsibility and independence - Providing a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to young people as the programme progresses and develops the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.
- Reflection - Encouraging young people to reflect, supporting them to learn from their experiences and become more resilient, confident and more effective in their decisions and relationships.
- Social Action - Enabling young people to connect with and get involved in their communities and develop skills that are useful for future employment.
- Inspiration - Encouraging young people to flourish after NCS – continuing to mix, contribute to their community and achieve personal goals.
Activities at the NCS
The NCS provides a range of different activities such as:
3G Swing, High Ropes, Archery, Raft Building, Ab Sailing, Zip Wires, Bush Craft and sports in general.
NCS was first formed because…
NCS was first formed to help self-improvement and to encourage and engage young people to be better citizens by understanding and being conscientious about the environment around them and being more involved with the things going on around them.
If you want to apply to the National Citizen Service you will have to be between 15 – 17 years old and you will also have to see the links below: