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National Citizen Service logoHalf-term activity break for teens £50 or freeRegister online via National Citizen Service, for 16-17-yr-olds

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If you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive over the autumn half-term, you can send them on a one-week National Citizen Service activity programme.

It includes a trip away – three to four days – where teenagers can learn life skills away from home and take part in voluntary work in the community. It's usually £50, but can be free for some via a bursary (more on that below).

The programme is backed by the Government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if they're at school or not, but if they've been on a National Citizen Service programme before, unfortunately they can't go again.

There are thousands of places available but they're going quickly and you need to book in advance. Programmes will begin from Sun 22 Oct, with the voluntary work taking place at weekends or after school following half-term. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Phase 1: This is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing.
  • Phase 2: Teens will learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, manage a budget and develop skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community.
  • Phase 3: Based back at home, teens will continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and your local provider will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible – once the places are gone, they're gone. You can also call the centre directly on 0800 197 8010. 

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it free with a bursary. NCS says it calculates eligibility for this on a case-by-case basis – you can find out more once registered.

MSE Oliver says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of" - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter" - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person" - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

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National Citizen Service logoSummer activity break for teens £50 or freeRegister online via National Citizen Service, for 16-17-yr-olds

Expired

The summer break is looming and if you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive, you can send them on a four-week National Citizen Service activity programme which includes a trip away where teenagers can learn life skills away from home and take part in 30 hours of voluntary work in the community. It's usually £50, but can be free for some via a bursary (more on that below).

The programme is backed by the government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if they're at school or not, but if they've been on a National Citizen Service programme before, unfortunately they can't go again.

There are hundreds of places available but they're going quickly. The programmes will take place during the dates of your local area's summer break and you must book in advance. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Part 1: Four-nights away from home taking part in outdoor activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling.
  • Part 2: Teens continue to live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence. They’ll learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, manage a budget and develop skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community.
  • Part 3: Based back at home for the final two weeks, teens will continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and your local provider will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible – the deadline is Mon 7 Aug, but once the places are gone, they're gone, but you can register your interest for the autumn programme if you miss out this time. You can also call the centre directly on 020 3476 4400. 

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it free with a bursary. NCS says it calculates eligibility for this on a case-by-case basis – you can find out more once registered.

MSE Oli Townsend says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of." - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter." - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person." - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

National Citizen Service logoHalf-term activity break for teens £50 or freeRegister online via National Citizen Service, for 16-17-yr-olds

Expired

If you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive over the autumn half-term, you can send them on a one-week National Citizen Service activity programme which includes a trip away (two to four-days) where teenagers can learn life skills away from home and take part in 30 hours of voluntary work in the community. It's usually £50, but can be free for some via a bursary (more on that below).

The programme is backed by the Government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if they're at school or not, but if they've been on a National Citizen Service programme before, unfortunately they can't go again.

There are thousands of places available but they're going quickly and you need to book in advance. The programmes will begin during the October half-term, with the 30 hours of voluntary work taking place at weekends or after school following half-term. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Phase 1: This is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing.
  • Phase 2: Teens continue to live away from home. They’ll learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, manage a budget and develop skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community.
  • Phase 3: Based back at home, teens will continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and your local provider will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone. You can also call the centre directly on 020 3476 4400. 

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it free with a bursary. NCS says it calculates eligibility for this on a case-by-case basis  - you can find out more once registered.

MSE Oliver says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of" - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter" - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person" - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

National Citizen Service logoSummer activity break for teens £50 or freeRegister online via National Citizen Service, for 16-17-yr-olds

Expired

The summer break is looming and if you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive, you can send them on a four-week National Citizen Service activity programme which includes a trip away where teenagers can learn life skills away from home and take part in 30 hours of voluntary work in the community. It's usually £50, but can be free for some via a bursary (more on that below).

The programme is backed by the government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if they're at school or not, but if they've been on a National Citizen Service programme before, unfortunately they can't go again.

There are hundreds of places available but they're going quickly. The programmes will take place during the dates of your local area's summer break and you must book in advance. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Part 1: This is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing.
  • Part 2: Teens continue to live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence. They’ll learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, manage a budget and develop skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community.
  • Part 3: Based back at home for the final two weeks, teens will continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and your local provider will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone, but you can register your interest for the autumn programme if you miss out this time. You can also call the centre directly on 020 3476 4400. 

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it free with a bursary. NCS says it calculates eligibility for this on a case-by-case basis  - you can find out more once registered.

MSE Tom says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of" - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter" - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person" - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

National Citizen Service logoNational Citizen Service free/£50 teens' activity holidayRegister online for hundreds of places across England & NI

Expired

The summer break is looming and if you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive, you can send them on a three-week activity programme (including a two-week trip away) and 30 hours voluntary work in the community. It’s £50 or less, or even free for some.

It's part of the National Citizen Service programme backed by the Government and participants will get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

You need to live in England or Northern Ireland and your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn't matter if your children are at school or not. If a teenager's been on a programme before, they unfortunately can't go again.

There are hundreds of places available and the programmes will take place during the dates of your local area's summer break until Mon 17 Aug. NCS has told us that due to the programme’s popularity, most areas are nearing capacity but spaces are still available. You must book in advance. All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included. 

What's involved?

  • Week 1: The first week is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing.
  • Week 2: The second week teens continue to live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence. There, they’ll learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, they’ll manage a budget and develop invaluable skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community 
  • Phase 3: Based back at home, in the third and final phase, teens will then continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others. 

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and it will contact you to explain more. Register as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone.

Can't afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it for less or even free with a bursary - you can find out more once registered.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Here's some feedback from previous programmes:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, which your child will enjoy every moment of" - Farnoosh
"Teenagers need opportunities to shine, and that’s exactly what NCS gave my daughter" - Sharon
"The change has been wonderful; it’s something that a parent only hopes to witness, their child growing into a better person." - Dawn

Add your feedback on the camps on the National Citizen Service thread.

National Citizen Service logoSummer activity trip away £50 (some free) for teensApply online for hundreds of places across England & NI

Expired

MSE Update 1.50pm, Fri 1 Aug: Whilst some areas are now full, there are still some last-minute places available to snap up this summer.

Starting in early Aug, locations include: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Sussex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

You can also get ahead and secure a place on the autumn half term programme instead by signing up the same way. 

If you live in England or Northern Ireland and your kids are in years 11 and 12 (aged 16-17 - or aged 15 and turning 16 by Sun 31 Aug), you can send them on a three week course (including two weeks away) and 30 hours community work, during the summer holidays for £50 or less (it's free for some).

They'll stay in halls of residence and take part in activities such as abseiling, water-rafting and canoeing. It's part of the National Citizen Service programme which kicks off from Mon 30 Jun (though programmes continue to start until Mon 11 Aug). It's backed by the Government and includes:

  • Week one (4 night, five day residential): Outdoor activities focusing on personal and social development. 

  • Week two (4 night, five day residential): Team tasks to learn new skills, such as cooking and budgeting. This week is also in a residential setting, but in participants' local areas.

  • Week three (at home): Design a social plan to make a positive change to local communities. This involves spending an extra 30 hours after the course delivering this plan.

All food, transport, activities and accommodation are included. They'll also get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at a graduation ceremony.

How to apply

Enter your details on the National Citizen Service page (parents, get your teenager to do it while you supervise).

Hundreds of places are available for the programme in 19 different regions in England and Northern Ireland taking place between June and September (exact dates vary per region), but NCS recommends you book as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone.

If you can't afford the up to £50 cost (eg due to your income or you're receiving certain benefits), you may be able to get it for less or even free with a bursary - you can find out more once registered.

MSE Anna says:

This has been popular with MoneySavers. Here's some feedback from previous years:

"Highly recommend it, stops the kids being bored too." - Ann
"Yes, my son did the national citizenship (1 week outdoor pursuits 1 week learning life skills and 2 weeks volunteering) last year and had an excellent time and learnt many new skills. It also helps them to work as part of a team which always looks good on any CV for future employers." - Rachel
"All food, activities, accommodation & equipment included, great value & a fantastic experience!" - Jeanette


You can also find feedback on the NCS Facebook page.

More info

It doesn't matter if your kids are at school or not, just as long as they're aged 16-17 (or aged 15 and turning 16 by 31 Aug 2014). Only one application is allowed per teenager. 

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