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NCS is an experience especially designed for 16-17 year olds. You will try new things, cover new ground and meet new people. We’re all about helping you realise your potential, by giving you a taste for independence and loading you up with new skills so they can go on to achieve your future goals.

NCS is a programme designed for young people aged 15-17, to experience something new, meet new friends, and better their skillset and opportunities during an important transition period to adulthood, while having a lot of fun and enjoying their holidays.

NCS Breakdown

Residential & Skills week:

Young people take on new adventures, challenge themselves, meet new friends, and work together as a team in an action-packed week away from home. Participants develop a variety of skills through themed workshops delivered across the week.

Social Action week: 

Young people come together to support the community. Spend time understanding the needs of your community, and design a project to make positive change using the skills gained from week 1. Young people will then volunteer and deliver a project in their local community.

Graduate and Extension Pathway: 

Once the programme finishes, young people continue their journey with Palace for Life Foundation. This is tailored to continue the development of young people as they move into college/university or a job. Through monthly ‘Changemaker’ meetings, young people become ambassadors of NCS. Extension opportunities include work placements with Crystal Palace F.C., corporate trips to companies such as ASOS, charity event days and further qualifications and work experience.

What is Skills Booster?

As well as delivering our core NCS programmes over summer and autumn, we also deliver skill booster sessions tailored to schools/colleges, specifically to aid the growth of pupils outside their subject area.

The sessions are designed to provide students with knowledge that they can use in everyday life. Topics range from Employability, Post-Covid Socialisation, Citizenship, Health and Well-being, and developing skills for independent living.

Each session provides real-life examples and demonstrates how young people can apply and utilise these skills as and when they need.

How did 2021 look? 

  • Over 331 participants took part
  • Bespoke, individual programmes were delivered to three schools, including SEND schools and colleges
  • Young people volunteered over 10,000 hours in the community
  • Over £3,450 raised for local charities through social action projects
  • 15 Skill Booster sessions delivered to over 70 students

What do the participants say?

“I will really miss the Palace For Life NCS Team coming in to work with us. If it wasn’t for the CV workshop from the skill booster sessions I wouldn’t have got my new job, so I am very grateful to you guys for helping me. You guys helped me explore a new part of myself and due to that I gained a lot more confidence especially when it comes to speaking to new people.”

“Palace for Life Foundation’s NCS programme has helped me step out of my comfort zone. It has also helped me socialise more and due to this I was able to make a few new friends. I am now more likely to try new activities and challenge myself more – at first, I was terrified to go paintballing but by the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave because I was having so much fun. Overall, the NCS Programme has shown me that it isn’t bad to try things out of my comfort zone and they have helped me open up a lot.”


To enquire about your young person joining us, please email Jamesodagi@palaceforlife.org


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