From scaling mountains to meeting MPs and getting involved with charities in their local communities, the first group of young people from West Cumbria to go on NCS have completed the fun filled and action packed programme. 

"They have all completed NCS and had a really positive experience," said Deborah Naylor, Area Operations Manager for Inspira. "It has been great and we have also had NCS Grads come along to talk to teams, such as Shannon Nesbitt, 17 from Whitehaven, about what can happen next, such as being part of national and regional youth boards for NCS, and taking part in the Opportunity Hub." 

Shannon said, "I did NCS a year ago now and it was undoubtedly a turning point in my life." 

On Wednesday (25th of July) Sue Hayman MP, along with Dianne Richardson from Balfour Beattie came to the centre to talk to some of the young people who have just completed their social action and heard first-hand about their NCS journey. 

Across the entire Wave, the 72 young people have been involved with helping out in care homes, Whitehaven Miners Social Football Club,  Animal Concern, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and having bake sales for charities such as Calderwood House in Egremont.  

While on NCS, a four-week programme over the summer, with a condensed course run in Autumn, the young people have spent a week at Outward Bound, a week experiencing independent living on a university campus, a week getting involved with their local community and planning their social action and the final week delivering their project. 

"NCS is a national programme and is designed to create greater social cohesion, social mobility, and social engagement," said Dave Todd, contract manager at Inspira. "It also helps young people develop their self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills and to overcome fears and barriers - all of which will help them full fill their potential in life and work. The charities these young people have been involved with illustrates social engagement and cohesion so well." 

The final Wave from the West goes out on the 6th of August, while the last wave for the summer goes out on the 13th of August. There are some places left so if anyone wants to find out more, call the local Inspira office on 0345 658 8647.