St. Columb’s Park House manages 2 teams in Derry/Londonderry, and 1 team in Coleraine, with 15 participants per team.
St. Columb’s Park House, in partnership with Co-operation Ireland, has delivered NCS in the North West and on the North Coast since 2012. In Northern Ireland, the programme has over 2000 graduates to date. Nationally, more than two million hours have been volunteered by almost 300,000 NCS participants.
NCS is open to all, regardless of background, experience or whether their strengths lie in sport, creativity or academics, with additional support provided to young people with learning or physical needs.
Taking place during the summer holidays and the Halloween break every year, NCS consists of:
- An action-packed Adventure residential away from home with your new team
- A Discovery phase to learn skills for life and work
- A Social Action project with your team to give back to your community.
- We wrap up with a graduation and Celebration event with all NI NCS grads from your season.
Phases 1, 2, and 3 must be completed with at least 90% attendance in order to graduate from NCS. There will be some preparation meetings before the programme begins as well as a graduation & celebration event after the Social Action project.
You can find more detail on the different phases of the programme at ncsyes.co.uk/what is ncs
It’s important to us that as many young people as possible get to take part so the programme takes place during school holidays. With funding from the Department for Communities and The Honourable, The Irish Society, participation fees are capped at £50 for the summer and £35 for the Autumn with financial support available on a case-by-case basis.