National Citizen Service

George Friend facing away from camera wearing an NCS t-shirt


What is NCS?
The national citizen service (NCS) is a flagship government programme for young people aged between 15-17. Offering something for everyone, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to find your identity, take control of your life and channel your energy into making a real difference to your local community.

Be Epic
Phase One is all about challenges. This week will be spent meeting some amazing new young people and living as a team away from home at an outdoor activity centre. You will work in groups of 12-15 in an adrenaline fuelled week of challenges and activities, e.g. canoeing/kayaking, gorge walking/ghyll scrambling, rock climbing and hiking. This is your chance to discover new things, make new friends and enjoy the freedom of being away from home.

Live Life
Phase Two sees you meet up with your team in a university style accommodation and living away from home. You will improve your life skills such as communication, leadership and self-confidence and develop your life skills, which all looks great on your UCAS statement and CV. You will have the opportunity to meet with organisations and important members from your local community and create links for future projects or even ideas for your own business/charity.

Do Good
This is where you can make a difference! All of the skills and experience you have gained and developed over the past two weeks all come together and you will have the opportunity to create your very own social action project. You will plan, fund-raise and have the power to make a real change to your local community by delivering your project.

Go Party!
It’s time to recognise and celebrate! Young people have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and the achievements of their team in style. You will celebrate with your team during a graduation event where family and friends can come along to see the hard work and effort and hear the fun stories you all have to tell.

NCS doesn’t stop there
Once you have completed your four week programme you will become a part of a wide network of young people who have a range of opportunities both locally and nationally for graduates once their programme has finished. You can continue with social action projects or choose to help shape future participants programmes, the possibilities for volunteering and involvement are endless.

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The young man  in the photo is Jack Jones. Click here to read his inspiring story. 




Volunteers Needed For Rugby League World Cup

TEES VALLEY Mayor Ben Houchen is backing calls by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 for local people to join “The Power Squad” of volunteers to help make the event a huge success.

The call came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a roadmap to come out of lockdown, which includes a target to lift all limits on social contact by June 21, with stadiums returning to full capacity ahead of the tournament.

Boro’s Riverside Stadium is hosting the match between the Cook Islands and Tonga at 2.30pm on Sunday 7 November 2021, and applications are now open for people to join the pre-tournament preparations or to help out on the match day itself.

Roles will include wayfinders and stewards, information givers and event facilitators across the Tees Valley’s five boroughs, including at the Cook Islands’ training base at Darlington’s Mowden Park, with the action focusing on Middlesbrough in the run-up to the big day. Should any coronavirus restrictions still be in place, volunteers will be briefed and these will be followed.

The Cook Islands take their name from Middlesbrough-born Captain James Cook, who visited many of the nation’s southern islands. The team will be based in at Darlington’s Rockliffe Hall from October 16 while they compete in the competition.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is your chance to be a part of one of the first big events that will be taking place in the region when national coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in the summer.

“For the first time in more than a year, we will be able to come together to celebrate and be part of something really exciting. I know at the top of many people’s lists is to be able to go to see live sport again and rugby league is growing in popularity right across the region.

“The tournament will attract people from far and wide to our area giving our hospitality sector and tourist economy a much-needed shot in the arm following the difficulties they have faced over the past 12 months.

“We were building up a huge momentum in securing top events before the pandemic, with concerts by the likes of Take That and the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and this will kick-start the next phase of us attracting even more.

“I’d encourage local people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to volunteer to help make this a massive success but, most importantly, to have fun after a hard year.”

Applications close on 23 April, with a selection process taking place between May and July and training to be provided during August and September. General tickets are due to go on sale at the end of March with group sales available now.

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