Starting this weekend, (April 6th) teenagers from Cumbria and Lancashire will launch projects to help make positive changes in their local communities. The projects are part of Action Day, a national movement organised by National Citizen Service (NCS). 

The young people, who are Graduates of NCS from last year, are coming together again to help raise awareness of topical issues and to raise money for local charities. 

Inspira delivers NCS across Cumbria and Lancaster and Morecambe, the projects across the patch include: 

  • Carlisle - The Inspira office will be open on Saturday from 10 to 1pm. They will be holding a coffee morning, hosting anyone who feels like a chat, and collecting furniture for a recycling project later in the year. 
  • Barrow - On Friday the 5th, a team will be promoting Healthy Eating outside Tescos, while on Saturday teams will be in Barrow and Ulverston encouraging people to write positivity notes. For their own going project, the Grads  will be collecting 1000 plastic 2litre bottles in-order to make a plastic greenhouse for a local primary school.
  • West Cumbria – On Sunday the 7th, the NCS Graduates will launch a month-long project for West House in Workington. They intend to raise at least £1500 for the service which is West Cumbria’s leading care and support provider for adults and children with learning disabilities. The team will be promoting their event at Dunmall Park from 10 to 4pm. 
  • Lancaster a group of teenagers will be running a Family Fun event on Monday 8th of April at Williamson Park. There will be an Easter treasure hunt and other activities, while also raising awareness to dispel myths around mental health with Lancashire MIND. 


“It is great to see so many projects being run across the region, “said Nicola Hullock, NCS Graduate Co-ordinator. “In addition to the Cumbria and Lancaster ones, we also have our local delivery partners across Lancashire running Action Day projects too. Over 130 young people are involved in twelve projects.”   
Action Day is an annual event which aims to showcase the true power of young people as NCS graduates use the skills and experience they gained on programme to continue to make positive changes in their local area.  
 
Taking place outside of term time, NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 16 and 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is a unique two to four week programme that helps young people build skills for employment, such as resilience, confidence and leadership, build trust between people of different backgrounds, and give back to their local communities through a social action project. NCS is the fastest growing youth movement in this country for a century, with nearly 500,000 young people taking part 
 
After completing the initial programme, participants become NCS graduates, with access to a wide range of opportunities and support to continue making their mark in their communities. 
 
To find out more about the NCS programme or to sign up visit ncsyes.co.uk