If you want to get your teenager doing something fun and productive over the autumn half-term, you can send them on a one-week National Citizen Service activity programme.
It includes a four-day trip where teenagers can learn life skills away from home and take part in voluntary work in the community.
It’s usually £50, but enter the code AUTUMN25 when registering online to get 50% off, reducing it to just £25, until midnight on Sunday 28th October.
All food, transport, activities and accommodation is included.
It’s worth noting that some can go for free via a bursary (more information about that below).
Your child must be aged 16 or 17 at the time of the trip. It doesn’t matter if they’re at school or not, but if they’ve been on a National Citizen Service programme before, unfortunately they can’t go again.
There are thousands of places available but they’re going quickly and you need to book in advance. Programmes begin from Sat 20th October, with the voluntary work taking place at weekends or after school following half-term.
- Phase 1: This is spent at an outward bound facility, participating in outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing.
- Phase 2: Teens will learn to be self-sufficient, cook for themselves and their team, manage a budget and develop skills including presentation, teamwork and leadership, whilst also finding out more about the needs of their local community.
- Phase 3: Based back at home, teens will continue to work together, organising a community project of their choice to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of others.
How to apply
Enter your details on the National Citizen Service registration page (parents or teenagers can fill it out) and your local provider will contact you to explain more.
Register as soon as possible – once the places are gone, they’re gone. You can also call the centre directly on 0800 197 8010.
Can’t afford it?
If you have a low income or are receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get it free with a bursary. NCS says it calculates eligibility for this on a case-by-case basis – you can find out more once registered.