Lauren Jackson

Why did you decide to become an NCS summer staff member?

In 2016, NCS Coordinator Vic Carter approached me - I was working in a school. She told me about the roles available over the summer, and knowing I had plenty of time off over the summer, I thought it sounded amazing and would be a nice bit of extra spending money.
Inspira asked me to be a wave leader, but due to other commitments I had that summer I couldn't fit this in so I took the 'Team Leader' role instead. It was one of the best jobs I've ever had. It was a real joy to work with my team and experience such a fantastic programme. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it before. After ten years in my previous job, I decided I needed a change, and the area coordinator role came up, so I applied and got the job.

What do you do on a day to day basis on a workday at Inspira?

As NCS Area Coordinator, I work in South Lakes and Lancaster & Morecambe. I deliver assemblies, attend careers fairs, and plan and develop the amazing summer programme.

What do you like most about your job?

Every day is different, and I can work flexibly. I also get to meet lots of new people each week, visiting lots of different schools and getting young people to sign up. Over the summer, I love going out and being a wave leader. It's where I get to see all the hard work of the year come together.

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession?

Take on the summer work. It will give you a great basis for how the programme works but also allows you to meet other staff members who have worked with us before.

Why did you decide to apply for an NCS role?

It looked like a fun way to spend my summer and the money was a great bonus!

What was your most rewarding experience working on the NCS programme?

Watching the journey from phase 1 all the way through to phase 3 and seeing how the team become closer and closer. You do become like a little family.

My inspirational story

I worked with a young person in my previous job. She had very low confidence and self-esteem and would not look people in the eyes. She saw me while back visiting her school, and I was doing an assembly. She signed up as we had worked together before and trusted me. She came on NCS, and it transformed her life. She is now a key player in a local charity and even came to present to our NCS participants on programme this last summer. She would never have stood up and presented to all those other young people before she took part in NCS. She also said she loved it so much that she wanted to introduce a mini version to the younger participants at the charity she works at and is currently fundraising to get enough money to put one together!

Words to live by

"Things can only get better" D:Ream 1993