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Can I apply if I have a medical condition?

NCS is an inclusive programme and is for all eligible young people, whether in education, training or not and regardless of income, background or ambitions.

We are able to accommodate a large range of medical conditions, including mental health and physical disabilities. We encourage you to disclose as much information as possible throughout the application process. This is so we have time to put the appropriate support in place before the programme starts.

After submitting your application, our team may contact your parent or guardian to ask for further information or to discuss any additional support we can provide. In some cases, we may require a doctor or other professional's input.

When necessary, we will provide additional support, such as 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 support workers or adapt the programme at no extra cost to ensure you remain safe and engage in NCS. We may also refer or signpost you to external specialist support services if appropriate.

This will be based on availability so please let us know if you would like to consider a support worker. Please note, depending on the support required, we may ask you to participate in NCS in a neighbouring area where the venues and outdoor activity centres are more suited to you.

If you are feeling stressed or anxious during NCS, staff will work with you and talk with your parent or guardian to understand the best way that we can assist you.

All information shared with us will be confidential and only shared with the staff members who are involved in the immediate pastoral support of the young person. Find out more about this here.

If you would like to discuss your possibilities, please call us on 0333 150 2425. The busiest times for our inclusion contact centre team are normally between 3-7 Mon-Fri, contacting us outside of these hours will usually result in a shorter waiting time.

“Louie’s one to one support worker, Tracy, was amazing. A lot of my fears vanished when I met her. She was so calm and gentle and very encouraging of Louie. During NCS some of the young people had made friends with Louie and he introduced me to them – they had got to know him really well. I know that a lot of the activities were adapted to meet his physical needs (hypermobility and poor muscle strength). His new friends had also been there for him to give him encouragement and praise. Louie’s confidence has increased enormously since attending NCS. He has developed a real presence when he communicates. In the past if he believed he couldn’t do something, he would often give up but now he pushes through difficulties more easily.”  - Louie’s parent

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