Find out more about Our Programmes

Autumn/Spring Programme

Taking place during the October or February half-terms, you will initially spend three or four nights away from home at an activity residential. Here, you will learn more about your team-mates, discover what it's like to operate as part of a team and have some unforgettable experiences.

In Phase 2, which takes place over the following weekends, you will live at home whilst planning and delivering your community project. During this time, you'll find out more about your local area and build your leadership skills, self-confidence and employability skills, as well as help a local cause or charity.

Be Part of Something Unforgettable

The NCS programmes take place in the summer, spring and autumn term holidays, covering Kent, Medway, East Sussex and West Sussex.

With over 130, 000 young people having already taken part, NCS now has a strong reputation as one of the best experiences available to young people in Sussex.

Summer Programme

Taking place over the summer holidays, you will initially take part in an activity residential where you will get to know each other and develop team-working skills, as well as overcome some of your fears.

You will then live away from home for another week, during which time you'll learn more about your community and how you may be able to help. The final part of the programme, which comprises two further weeks, is the delivery of your community project.

Phase One


In your first week you’ll live with your team at an outdoor activity centre, getting to know each other and experiencing the freedom of being away from home with new friends.

So, once you’ve decided on the programme for you, we’ll place you in a group of 12-15 amazing people and the best thing about NCS is that these will be people you’d never have met before – people that could change your life, or you could change theirs. In this week you’ll get the chance to take part in adrenaline-fuelled activities with your team mates like: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.

Phase Two


Next up is being reunited with your group to live away from home in university style accommodation*.

Not only will you be learning to cook for yourselves (think roast dinners, not beans on toast!), but you’ll also learn some huge life skills that make for a killer CV. You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community, whilst learning about the issues facing them, as well as developing new personal skills (teamwork, leadership and communication). You could also find out more about skills you have a passion for, such as photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

* If you’re taking part in the spring/autumn programme then you’ll be living at home but will still take part in as many cool, life-changing experiences – you’ll just wake up in your own bed.

Phase Three

Making a difference

Now you get the chance to put all the skills and experiences you’ve learnt into practice as a team agreeing on a social action project that will really make a mark on your local community.

We believe that you and your team have the power to change the world around you given the respect, tools and opportunities to do so. This is your chance to be part of something amazing - plan your own project, fundraise for it and make it happen!
Go out there and be awesome together.

Phase Four


Once you’ve completed the programme, you're now part of the bigger NCS family - our grads have the chance to attend some of the greatest shows and events going and we’ll be constantly developing amazing ways to keep you involved with us, your community & with all of our fantastic partners. Oh plus we’ll support you and the projects you are passionate about because like we said, you’re family!

We forgot to mention at the end of each programme we’ll throw you a big party to celebrate everything you’ve achieved too. Not only will you be a completely different person, but you’ll have made a huge network of amazing friends for life and done something truly inspirational in your community.