NI NCS runs twice a year in summer and autumn and is delivered in 16 areas across the country over the course of the two 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 within a team of 12-15 people, then a discovery phase to learn skills for life and work, and finally meeting up with the team to plan and deliver an action project to make a difference.  We wrap up with a graduation and celebration event with all NI NCS graduates from your season.

You can register your details at any time for more local info and application pack at ncsyes.co.uk or get in touch with Corinna directly - 02890321462 - [email protected]

The Finer Details for Autumn 2019

All autumn programmes will be delivered over the half-term break, and then at evenings and/or weekends for 15-30 hours at times to suit the team.

Phase 1, Adventure - Residential: 25th - 28th October

Phase 2, Discovery - Skills Days: 3 days during half-term week (exact dates and times will be confirmed by your local team leader)

Phase 3, Social Action - Design & Delivery of Social Action project: 15-30 hours at evenings/weekends - these meeting times will be negotiated between the young people and team staff.

Completion: end of November

Celebration & Graduation Event - Wednesday 11th December, 6.30pm at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

  • In order to take part, young people must be aged between 15 and 17 at the time of residential, not have done an NCS programme before and be able to commit to all 3 phases.  Attendance at the celebration event is not compulsory.
  • Transport to and from residential and the celebration event are provided.  Young people will need to make their own way to and and from skills days and social action activities.
  • NCS costs only £25 - this includes accommodation, meals and transport as detailed above.  Bursaries are also available on a case by case basis.
  • Each team of 12-15 young people is staffed by at least 2 Access NI checked and suitably qualified members of staff who work with the young people from start to finish. 

Find more detail on what actually happens during the different phases of the programme at ncsyes.co.uk/what is ncs

For a local flavour and case study, read Oisín’s story here.

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. Contact details as above.