A view of the fields at East Durham College's Houghall Campus

National Citizen Service (NCS)

The College currently offer one volunteering programmes for young people; NCS, The National Citizen Service. And you don't need to be a student at East Durham College to sign up with us!

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The National Citizen Service gives you the chance to take on new challenges, learn new skills and make a difference. It's about excitement and adventure, fun and friendship, and feeling like you can shape your own future.

Star College Silver Award

East Durham College has been awarded the National Citizen Service (NCS) Star College Silver Award for contribution and involvement of the college and our participants in the programme.

What is NCS?

National Citizen Services (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.

Phase 1 - Adventure

On phase one, it's time to challenge yourself!

Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you'll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home.

The best part? You'll find yourself in a group of 12-15 incredible people you've never met before – people who will change your life and whose lives you'll change.

In your team, you'll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. Even if you're the biggest scaredy-cat, you'll be a rock climbin', zip wirin', canoe-conquerin' machine in no time!

Phase 2 - Discovery

Now's your chance to discover something new!

You'll be reunited with your group in a uni-style environment where you’ll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.
You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community.

Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you've got a hidden (or not so hidden) passion for photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

Phase 3 – Make your mark

It's time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you're ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project. Plan; fundraise; make a difference!

You and your team have the power to change the world around you. Whether you're a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference, have some amazing stories to tell, and be part of something you'll never forget!


It's time to celebrate in style. We think it's only right that you and your team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in your community.
At the end of your NCS experience, you're now part of the bigger NCS family. This is only just the beginning! You'll get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events! Once an NCSer, always an NCSer.

Why Say Yes?

  • UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement
  • You learn the skills employers value
  • Learn to budget and live for yourself
  • Meet incredible new people
  • Get your voice heard!

Find out more

Find out more information or sign up today at www.ncsyes.co.uk

East Durham College are proud to be local delivery partners for NCS. To find out more from us, please email: tina.lavelle@eastdurham.ac.uk or call us on 0191 518 8220.

It's your future to take control of! It all starts at YES!