Our standard age eligibility requirements are as follows:
Where possible we provide equal access to our programme for all young people and will make the necessary adjustments to enable a young person to access and get the most out of NCS. Inclusion is about bringing people together. We recognise and celebrate people’s differences whilst ensuring that we provide equal opportunities regardless of these.
The only reason that we would not accept a young person onto the programme would be if we could not guarantee their or other people’s safety.
We are able to accommodate a large range of support needs if we are fully informed of them in appropriate time before the programme starts. Please complete the medical and support form as soon as possible, providing us with full details of the young person’s needs. Our dedicated team may then contact you if they need any further information or to discuss any additional support we could provide. One-to-one support is available on certain programmes (please contact us for information about availability in your area). In some cases, we may require a doctor or other specialist’s input to ensure that the young person is able to participate safely.
If you would like to discuss the possibilities for support on our programme, please call us on 020 3510 5050. To start your young person’s application, and provide details of their support needs, please go to our online portal for applications.
The NCS programme costs a maximum of £50 per Young Person although discount deadlines are available which may reduce this to £35, these are linked to school events.
For applicants unable to commit to this expenditure financial support is available. To apply for financial support please contact 020 3510 7672 or speak to the School’s Coordinator for your school.
We operate the following refund policy in accordance with the terms set out in the document attached.
NCS Powered by The Challenge is open to all Young People at school or living in our specified geographic areas who meet the age criteria. EU Citizens are eligible if being educated in England whether in independent or mainstream schools, Non-EU Citizens are eligible if they hold Indefinite Leave to Remain status (and would therefore normally be eligible for access to public funds), or have Discretionary or Time Limited Leave to Remain (and hence some level of access to public funds in some circumstances) or have Refugee status (with recourse to public funds) or are awaiting their status to be determined (i.e. in receipt of NASS payments).
All Young People eligible according to the other criteria can only take part in the NCS programme once.
We take the health and safety of young people in all manner very seriously and have a stringent Safeguarding policy to ensure that young people are in a healthy environment at all times. As we are continually seeking to improve and keep up with industry best practise our policy is updated regularly. If you require a copy of the policy please download The Challenge 2018 safeguarding policy document.
During the programme Health & Safety is of utmost importance and our staff and activity provider staff are required to conduct regular risk assessments and our requirement in obtaining full medical and support information from a parent/guardian is to enable us to produce accurate assessments and ultimately reduce risk.
You are eligible to graduate from NCS if you complete 100% of the programme. If you are unable to attend due to an authorised reason (listed below) you may be eligible to graduate when you make up the hours that you missed through volunteering. Please note you cannot miss the first day of your NCS programme. Only exceptional circumstances will be authorised on a case-by-case basis.
Places are subject to availability and are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from us by either email or letter. If we are not able to offer a young person a place on the programme, we will issue a full refund of the administration fee.
Waiting lists only apply to programmes which are already full.
Young people on a waiting list will be offered any space which becomes available on the programme before it starts. As other young people’s availability changes – due to holidays or other commitments – spaces do become available for those on waiting lists.
Waiting lists are checked daily and in general spaces are allocated to those that completed their applications first. We are however also obliged to consider other criteria when allocating a place on the programme:
If you are placed on a waiting list we will contact you.
You might also want to consider whether you are available for any of our programmes on other dates, as this will increase your chances of securing a space. It is possible to be on waiting lists for multiple programmes to increase your chances of getting a space.