Young people from the Doncaster region have continued to flock onto the NCS programme, stating how the nationwide programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which has been running in Doncaster since 2014, has seen a record number of participants take part in 2019, with more than 640 young people expected to complete the programme.
With five out of the six waves already either completed or well underway, participants have been quick to praise the programme, going as far to say how beneficial NCS has been during their summer holiday.
Participants have experienced the high-intensity Phase One activities across some of the UK’s most scenic landscapes, including the Lake and Peak Districts, Powys in Wales and Shropshire.
Wave 3 participant Kyle, who is currently partaking in his Social Action project, stated how the NCS programme is something “you never get to do” normally. He said: “It’s (NCS) is a once in a lifetime kind of thing; it gives you the opportunity to make new friends and try new things.
“It’s fun, but it also makes you see what you can do with your life.”
Worksop College has been the location for all Phase Two activities, where participants have enhanced skills suitable for their CV’s and further strengthened bonds and friendships with other people.
Neha, who signed up after first hearing about the programme in school, said: “I never really have the opportunity to do all the things you do on NCS so for me signing up was a no-brainer.
“I’ve really enjoyed it. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and it’s made me do a lot of things I never thought I could do.”
With plenty of Social Action projects going on around Doncaster, participants have taken the time give back to the community, whilst also reflecting on their time on NCS.
Asked if they would recommend the programme to others thinking of taking part, the question was met with a resounding yes from the recently graduated secondary school students.
Kassandra, a former track sprinter, said: “I would recommend it (NCS) to anyone because it doesn’t matter if you’re shy or confident, you’re made to feel welcome and everyone gets along. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Abhisha, from McAuley Catholic High School, added: “You get to make new memories with friends and different people from your area, whilst having the best summer ever.”
For more information on the NCS programme, please visit www.ncsyes.co.uk