The College of West Anglia

Essential Information

Engagement with students, parents, teachers and charities or other professionals is vital to be able to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity.

To find out more information about the benefits and services that the National Citizen Service offer, including Frequently Asked Questions or how to get involved with NCS, please give us a call on 01553 815209, or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

Information for students

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by students

 

Once you have filled in and returned the sign up form, we will send you further information by post approximately one month before the start date, which will include timetables and details of the venue location.

If your programme is starting soon and you haven't received your information, please give us a call on 01553 815209, or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

 
 

When you have returned and completed the application we will review it to make sure that we have all the required information. Once we have all the information that we need, we will send you a letter or an email confirming your NCS place.

 
 

NCS is a great way to meet new people and make new friends for life. You can sign up with friends, and if you apply at the same time and choose the same options you are more likely to be allocated on the same programme. We can't guarantee that you will be on the same programme, but signing up early can increase your chances. If you would like to be on the same team or to share a room, please let us know on your application form or when we contact you. We will try our best to accommodate your requests but cannot guarantee them.

 
 

We recommend you pack the following:

  • Toiletries (enough for your stay – there are no shops on site so consider what you might need!)
  • Bath towel
  • Suncream and insect repellent
  • Drinking bottle (to fill with water to stay hydrated!)
  • Clothing and swimwear (be sure to bring enough clothing for the duration of your stay away from home, and your swimwear)
  • Hat or cap (to protect yourself from the sun!)
  • day bag (e.g. a small backpack)
  • Trousers/jogging bottoms;
  • Trainers (that you don’t mind getting muddy!)
  • Waterproof raincoat (if you have one)
  • Underwear and socks (enough for your stay – allow for accidents e.g. getting wet or muddy)
  • Other useful items: notepad and pen, sunglasses, sleeping bag, blister kit/plasters, gloves, books/magazines, bin bags (for wet clothes)

Please ensure you bring any prescribed medication that you will need for the period whilst you are away; there is not a pharmacy on-site.

Spending money is not essential as everything is provided. However, there may be opportunities for you to use a payphone, buy souvenirs and refreshments, so you may wish to bring a small amount of money with you for phase 1. We would recommend a maximum of £10.

We are not able to insure your personal belongings (mobile phone, iPad, iPod, camera, jewellery, watch, etc.) so if you choose to bring these, it will be at your own risk. We advise you to leave any unnecessary or expensive items at home.

 
 

No, all equipment will be provided for you. However, you will need clothes that you won't mind getting dirty!

 
 

Places on the NCS programme are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To guarantee a spot, you will need to make the payment. The standard price for taking part in NCS is a one off payment of £50. This price includes all travel, accommodation and food throughout the programme. There is some financial support available for those who are eligible. Please see our Upcoming Waves page for more information.

 
 

We want everyone to be able to partake in NCS - for more information on financial support, please click here.

 
 

We accept payments by credit or debit card online - please see our Upcoming Waves page for more information. We also accept payments by cash or cheque; this can be delivered to our office in the tower block at the King's Lynn campus of the College of West Anglia. Please make all cheques payable to 'The College of West Anglia'.

 
 

We do not generally provide transport for the social action project as the aim of this phase is to increase your independence and responsibility. However, in the event that we have a separate transport agreement with you, this agreement will still be in place for the final phase.

 
 

When we have had confirmation from your team leader that you have successfully completed the NCS programme, we will send a letter to you setting out the details of when and where the graduation will take place, and how you can book tickets.

 
 

Graduation is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all of your achievements on NCS with your new friends. The event will include displays of videos and pictures of your time out of wave and an opportunity to show off to your parents and guardians. You will receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister to say you have successfully completed the NCS programme.

 
 

We don’t have an official dress code for our graduations – however, we recommend that you wear smart, comfortable clothing. Many of our graduates choose to wear suit and tie/dresses – we have an official photographer who will capture the evening!

 

Information for Parents

How will NCS benefit your child?

Personal Development

  • NCS gives your teenager the opportunity to develop confidence, leadership and independence through a range of activities that are designed to push their boundaries and support them.
  • NCS is a great addition to their CV and UCAS recommends that students who have done the programme include their NCS journey in their personal statement.
  • Around 3 in 4 NCS graduates feel more confident about getting a job after doing NCS (Ipsos MORI, 2015: National Citizen Service 2014 Evaluation).
  • 9/10 participants believed that NCS had helped them develop skills for the future, and 8/10 participants felt capable of more than they had realised after graduating from NCS (Ipsos MORI, 2015: National Citizen Service 2014 Evaluation).
  • NCS is shown to have increased our graduates’ confidence in practical life skills such as decision-making and managing money (Ipsos MORI, 2015: National Citizen Service 2014 Evaluation).

Employability Skills

Download this document to see the full range of employability skills the NCS programme offers your teenager.

Community Links

Your teenager will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on their local community by planning and running a volunteering project. Not only do these projects have a huge impact on society, those young people who participate in social action report higher levels of life satisfaction than those who have never done any social action (2016 National Young Social Action Study – Headline Findings, Cabinet Office).

 

As a government-backed programme, safety and security are paramount to NCS. All staff and volunteers are subject to enhanced DBS checks and all venues are rigorously audited to ensure the highest standards of safety.

 
 

Before the programme, you can contact us on 01553 815209, or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk - once the programme has started, we will issue emergency numbers that you can use to contact us.

 
 

NCS is committed to being open to all. We look to accommodate young people with disabilities wherever possible, and all NCS providers are trained to a high standard to be able to assess individual needs and help everyone enjoy the NCS experience.

 
 

We are not able to insure personal belongings (mobile phone, iPad, iPod, camera, jewellery, watch, etc.) so if they choose to bring these, it will be at their own risk. We advise NCS participants to leave any unnecessary or expensive items at home.

 
 

Spending money is not essential as everything is provided. However, there may be opportunities for participants to use a payphone, buy souvenirs and refreshments therefore they may wish to bring a small amount of money with they for phase 1. We would recommend a maximum of £10.

 
 

We accept payments by credit or debit card online - please see our Upcoming Waves page for more information.

We also accept payments by cash or cheque; this can be delivered to our office in the tower block at the King's Lynn campus of the College of West Anglia. Please make all cheques payable to 'The College of West Anglia'.

 
 

We are always happy to answer any queries you have. You can call us on 01553 815 209 or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

 

Information for professionals

Teachers, schools and colleges

Engagement with teachers, schools and colleges is vital to being able to offer this fantastic opportunity to young people, with over 50% of NCS participants taking part in our summer waves saying that they took part because they were encouraged to do so by their school or teachers (Ipsos MORI, 2015: National Citizen Service 2014 Evaluation.)

If you would like to find out more about NCS, would like to book an assembly with us, or have any other queries feel free to call us on 01553 815 209 or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

Charity partners

As part of the programme we partner with a number of local charities and organisations. We aim to give our participants the opportunity to connect with their community and to make a lasting impact on their local area. If you would be interested in working with us and being involved in our programme, please feel free to call us on 01553 815 209 or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

NCS Volunteers/Fundraisers/Campaigners

In addition to having social action work as a fundamental part of our NCS programme, we also continue to support our participants in volunteering long after they have graduated.

We are always keen to hear about opportunities for our graduates, so If you are a charity based in East Anglia and are looking for local volunteers, fundraisers or campaigners, please feel free to call us on 01553 815 209 or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.

Other professionals

If you are a local business and would like to get involved with, or find out more about NCS, please feel free to call us on 01553 815 209 or email us on ncs@cwa.ac.uk.