NCS (National Citizen Service)

A youth programme like no other. Designed specifically for 16 and 17-year-olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future.


Why should I do NCS?

NCS is the summer that turns no we can’t into no we can. NCS brings people together from different backgrounds to share an experience of a lifetime.

Over a few weeks, it gives teenagers a crash course in life skills that inspire them to feel independent. They’ll meet new people, stay away from home, take on adventures and challenges and be given a platform to have their voice heard to pursue a passion project. First up they’ll meet loads of new people and battle some outdoor adventures together. The next week they’ll be staying away from home again whilst taking on challenges like cooking and public speaking. And finally, they’ll get their entrepreneurial hats on to think up some ways to do good in their local area.

Phases of NCS


In your first week, you’ll live away from home for five days and four nights at an outdoor activity centre and nurture your adventurous side. Whether you take on high ropes, wild waves or scale a wall, one thing we can guarantee is, by Friday night you’ll feel fearless (and pretty worn out)! But don’t worry, you’ll have the weekend back home to catch your breath and prepare for the next week ahead. 


Next up? Enjoy another five days and four nights away from home with your newfound friends at a University campus. This week is all about you. Get a crash course in adulting and pick up skills to set you up for life, increase your confidence levels to becoming the best version of yourself. We’ve created the best workshops and activities to develop your skills even further. 


This is the perfect opportunity for you to do something good for your local community. You’ll be given the chance to create your own community-focussed project that can help a local cause. You’ll be tasked to raise awareness, carry out some volunteering and completing fundraising activities to raise funds for a charity. 



  • CACT is the local delivery partner for NCS in Bexley, Greenwich, and across Kent.
  • CACT’s delivery of the programme started in the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley in 2011 and started in North Kent in 2014 and West Kent two years later
  • The programme has consistently grown since then and CACT became the local delivery partner for areas in Kent such as Medway and Maidstone.
  • Since 2014 CACT has delivered the programme to over 4,300 young people who have contributed 130,000 voluntary hours, giving back to our local communities.
  • In 2019, more than 1,000 young people attended CACT's NCS programme throughout the summer.
  • CACT's delivery model is known for its overall quality, encompassing a wide social mix of young people with a strong workforce to deliver all of our key outcomes.

Two and three-week programmes are available this summer, the latter including a residential aspect.

For fantastic opportunities for young people to socialise, pick up skills and be challenged…You can book online or register to work on NCS via or call 0800 197 8010.

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