Free National Citizen Service (NCS) places on offer for our tenants’ young people aged 15-17 year olds

Progress Housing Group has some FREE places to offer for places on the National Citizen Service (NCS), once-in-a-lifetime experience for 15–17 year olds (in year 11 or year 12).  NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement, social action and social mixing among young people.  It aims to bring together young people from all different backgrounds in a common purpose. Offering new experiences it gives them the chance to take on new challenges, learn new skills and meet new people. This helps discover their own talents and realise their potential whilst having fun. To find out more about the Summer Programme 2016, please visit http://www.ncsthechallenge.org/

These places will be funded from our Community Investment Fund and to qualify you must be a child of a Progress Housing Group tenant.  We have 15 places on offer and these will be granted on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.

The Summer Programme runs for approximately three weeks with various start dates in June, July and August.  The dates where places are available in Preston are as follows:-

Thursday 30th June – Friday 22nd July

Thursday 7th July – Friday 29th July

Monday 11th July – Tuesday 2nd August

Friday 15th July – Saturday 6th August

Saturday 23rd July - Sunday 14th August

Wednesday 27th July – Thursday 18th

Sunday 31st July – Tuesday 23rd August

Sunday 7th August – Friday 26th August

(There will be days off in between these dates i.e. won’t be 23 consecutive dates)

The programme includes:

Part 1: (residential) During Part 1 of the programme young people work together and get active- staying at a residential centre and taking part in a range of outdoor activities like abseiling, kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing and more.

Part 2: (residential) Working with a skills practitioner young people gain skills in a particular area whilst discovering more about the local community.

Part 3: (non-residential) Is a chance for young people to make their mark! After meeting a charity or community organisation the team come up with ideas for a project to make a difference before having the chance to present their project to a panel of professionals and gain feedback.

Please note:  specialist equipment will all be provided for the young people if they don’t have it – i.e. walking boots, sleeping bags, waterproofs etc

To be considered for these places, please contact us via email by 5pm on Thursday, 28 July to community@progressgroup.org.uk  and we will let you know if you have been successful in securing a place.  Once selected, applications and arrangements will be made direct with The Challenge Team.  Good luck!