Yes! NCS is funded mainly by the government but we do ask for a parental contribution in most cases (£35 for autumn/spring and £50 for summer). It costs the government over £1000 for each place and this covers food for the residential, transport to and from the residential sites and all workshops.
You will still need to ensure your child is dropped off or able to travel alone to the relevant drop-off point (usually the bus station in Sheffield city centre) for the residential trips. During social action, young people are expected to make their own way to and from the city centre and provide their own food.