How NCS works in Northern Ireland

NI NCS runs twice a year in summer and autumn and is delivered in 16 areas across the country over the course of the 2 seasons.

Taking place from the end of June in summer and the Halloween break in autumn, NCS begins with an action packed residential experience away from home with your new team, then a discovery phase to learn skills for life and work, and finally meeting up with the team to plan and deliver a project to make your mark in your area.  We wrap up with a graduation and celebration event with all NI NCS grads from your season. 

You can find more detail on the different phases of the programme at is ncs

So that you can get planning for summer, here are the team areas with start and approximate finish dates:

East Belfast - 27 June to 30 July

North Belfast - 29 June to 30 July

South/West Belfast - 2 July to 6 August

Ards/Ards Peninsula - 27 June to 30 July

Newtownabbey - 29 June to 30 July

Newry - 27 June to 30 July

Armagh - 27 June to 30 July

Fermanagh - 27 June to 30 July

Cookstown/Dungannon - 29 June to 30 July

Lurgan/Portadown - 5 July to 6 August

Omagh - 16 July to 6 August

Strabane - 16 July to 6 August

Ballymena - 2 July to 6 August

Coleraine - 1 July to 6 August

Derry/Londonderry - 1 July to 6 August

For full details on phase dates and venues please download the summer schedule

All phases must be completed in order to graduate from NCS, with at least 90% attendance.  There will be some preparation meetings before programme begins as well as a graduation & celebration event in late August.  While we strongly recommend attendance at these events, they are not compulsory. 

If you are aged 15-17 and haven't done NCS before, click here to register your details or get in touch directly - ask for Corinna or Sharon on 90 321462, email

If you are a education or youth work professional working in school, college or community, we can come and visit your young people to give them more information and help them sign up.  We can offer assemblies, presence at careers/volunteering fairs or parent events; smaller presentations or workshops and content for your newsletters or emails.  Get in touch using the details above and we'll get back to you to arrange.


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