If you’re looking for affordable yet meaningful presents for your teenagers this Christmas, give them the gift of the NCS (National Citizen Service) experience.

With NCS, your 15-17-year-old will get three weeks of adventure activities, making new friends, learning new skills, and giving back to their local community. The Challenge runs the programme across the summer months on behalf of National Citizen Service Trust.

Many young people make lasting friendships through NCS

While next year’s summer holidays might be the last thing on your mind amongst all the mince pies, decorations and family logistics, at just £50* for the entire programme – including food, accommodation and activities – signing up for NCS now offers an incredibly affordable way to get your teen’s summer plans sorted out early.

Designed to bring young people from different backgrounds together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others, NCS helps young people make long-lasting friendships as well as memories.

Through the programme your teen will take part in a variety of activities such as rock-climbing and kayaking, learning to cook and how to budget, and volunteering in their community. They’ll also be given support with public speaking and campaigning before pitching their social action ideas to a team of professional business people.

Helping young people to build their independence through overcoming challenges and learning new skills for work and life, NCS can also boost their job, college and university applications.

Taking part in NCS can help young people to prepare for work, university or college

Naria, 16, who took part in NCS this summer, said: “I loved the NCS experience as I overcame my fears of meeting new people and gained a lot of independence. My confidence has really grown which will be really helpful for the future, especially as I want to go to college. Don’t hesitate to take part in NCS, you won’t regret it!”

Visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or call 0800 197 8010 to sign your teen up to NCS and give them a gift that they’re guaranteed to never forget.

*Please note the fee can be reduced for those needing financial support