The National Citizen Service programme was piloted for the first time this summer; one of our students was involved and alerted me to this opportunity.
Places are available for this autumn and will take place around your school commitments. The website gives the following description of the programme:
National Citizen Service is a life changing experience for 16 and 17 year olds in England (it is also open to 15-16 year olds in Northern Ireland) – you do outdoor activities, meet new people and have the chance to put something back. By doing NCS you learn new skills and have a great experience that looks great on CVs, and applications to universities and colleges.
You can find out more and register your interest here: https://nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk/ncs-in-detail