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St Aidan’s Catholic Academy student J Callaghan, 16, has been chosen from thousands to be a regional youth board representative for National Citizen Service (NCS).

4,000 teenagers from the North East, and 100,000 nationally, took part in the 2017 NCS programme, with just 13 exceptional graduates chosen to join the regional NCS youth board.

Josh has already joined up with his new youth board colleagues at NCS Fresh, held at Durham University; an action-planning day for local youth boards.

Next, Josh and the rest of the regional board will play a vital role in shaping the future of NCS and will contribute towards a hard-hitting social action project.

Applications for next summer’s NCS programme are now open. The four week NCS scheme sees year 11s enjoy a week of outdoor adventure; a great chance to meet new people and enjoy some fun and freedom after the stressful GCSE exam period.

They then spend a further week in a university-style environment developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost CVs or UCAS personal statements.

Putting their new skills into practice, participants are then challenged to deliver a community project in their local area and on completion, graduates of the scheme receive a certificate signed by the prime minister.

16 and 17 year olds are eligible to take part in NCS next summer. Government-backing means that places cost just £50, with bursaries of £10 available to those eligible for free school meals.

For St Aidan’s Catholic Academy students, departure dates include 2nd July, 10th July, 20th July, 24th July, 30th July, 3rd August and 7th August 2018. Places are already limited. To reserve a place, year 11s or parents should visit NCSNORTHEAST.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020.


For further information or images, please contact: Jonny Marshall, Marketing Executive, jonny.marshall@ncsnortheast.co.uk, 0191 259 4797, 0734 112 7621.

About NCS

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 16-17 year olds across England.

It is a unique programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.

Government backing means that it costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.

NCS represents great value for money for parents as participants spend up to two weeks away from home with all meals and activities covered. The first week is spent at an outward bound facility participating in activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing. The second week teens live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence, learning how to be self-sufficient, developing new skills and finding out more about the needs of their local community.

Taking place outside school/term time, teens can sign up for the part-residential experience and participate in either the spring, summer or autumn programmes.  In every programme they will experience four sections that focus on personal and social development including leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Not only do 16 & 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it also looks great on CVs and helps with job, college and university applications, building future aspirations. NCS is a sought after addition to any CV and UCAS recommends referencing NCS in personal statements.