Why did you decide to join Inspira as an NCS staff member?
I joined Inspira as part of a TUPE transfer in October.
What do you do on a day to day basis on a workday at Inspira?
I am a Programme Coordinator for the Preston, Leyland and Chorley areas. This means my team has responsibility for the National Citizen Service programme in these boroughs from recruiting young people through to programme set up and delivery. My job is varied and vastly different depending on the time of year which keeps my day to day tasks fresh and interesting.
What do you like most about your job?
The best thing about my job is the people I work with. Everybody really cares about doing their utmost to ensure that as many young people as possible get to take part in NCS and have the best experience. We are also lucky to be joined across the summer months by hundreds of seasonal staff to support our delivery who make a huge impact on the lives of the young people they meet and guide on the programme.
Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession?
This is a profession that is very rewarding and will teach you a wide variety of skills. If you want to make a difference, then working on NCS is for you.
Why did you decide to apply for an NCS role??
I was doing my Masters in Outdoor Education & Experiential Learning at the University of Cumbria and wanted more first-hand experience of learning in the outdoors. I then heard about the NCS programme and how the first week involves an outdoor residential with activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing and more. I worked my first NCS summer in 2016 and was amazed at the impact it had on the participants and the work they could do in their local community. I enjoyed it so much that by the time my seasonal contract ended I was applying to work full time and have been involved ever since.
What was your most rewarding experience working on the NCS programme?
There are honestly too many to pick out a single one but one of the most enjoyable aspects is seeing participants later on when I am working in Colleges and hearing what impact NCS still has on them to this day. That can be using the experience in their applications for University or staying in touch with friends they made on NCS.
Words to live by?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.