The National Citizen Service (NCS), programme is a life-changing national programme for 16 to 17 year olds that helps to build their confidence and self-belief, whilst teaching them new skills and providing opportunities that they may not get the chance to experience until later in life, giving them a head start in adult life.
Shrewsbury Town in the Community deliver two National Citizen Service programmes each year, with each programme making a difference to their local community by raising funds and awareness for local charities. Each programme consists of 3 phases, with 2 of these being 5-day residential visits and the final phase being a social action project which forms the charity aspect of the programme.
Phase 1 is an away residential where participants partake in a number of outdoor activities and pursuits, including team builders, such as raft-making. This phase is aimed at making life-long friendships and learning to work together as a team.
Phase 2 sees the participants complete a home residential at a local location, where they will develop new skills and learn lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom. During this 5-day residential, the young people learn skills including driving and self-defence, whilst also learning about body image and a range of important local charities.
Phase 3 allows each team of young people to choose a charity to raise funds and awareness for, plan, and execute a series of fundraising events, ranging from bucket collections and awareness walks, to fun days and sponsored events such as spin-a-thons’ or paddle boarding.