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NCS is an experience especially designed for 15-17 year olds, offering a space to grow, learn and meet new people. NCS is all about helping you realise your potential by giving you a taste of independence, loading you up with new skills whilst having a positive impact on the community.

NCS is a programme designed for young people aged 16-17, to experience something new, meet new friends, learn new skills and opportunities during an important transition period to adulthood, while having a lot of fun and enjoying the holidays!

What happens at NCS?

Residential & Skills week:

You will take on new adventures, challenge yourself, meet new friends, and work together as a team in an action-packed week away from home. You’ll develop a variety of skills through themed workshops delivered across the week.

Social Action week:

You will also 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. You’ll then volunteer and deliver a project in their local community.

Graduate and Extension Pathway: 

Once the programme finishes, you are open to continue your journey with Palace for Life Foundation. This is tailored to continue your development as you move into college/university or a job. Through monthly ‘Changemaker’ meetings, you will 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. For more information on Changemakers, please head here

How did 2022 look? 

  • Over 200 participants took part
  • Bespoke, individual programmes were delivered to three schools, including SEND schools and colleges
  • Young people volunteered over 6,000 hours in the community
  • Over £1,500 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 coming along to NCS please email Jamesodagi@palaceforlife.org

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.

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