Over 200 young people from the local and surrounding area descended on
Lancaster & Morecambe College (Sat, 16th of Feb) for an induction to the National Citizen Service (NCS) which is delivered by Inspira in the area.
The 'Meet the Team' event, for the local young people who have signed up for this year’s NCS personal development programme, was an opportunity for parents to also find out more about the programme and answer some burning questions.
NCS Area Co-ordinator Victoria Carter, talked about the different phases of NCS and the range of benefits from doing the programme, such as team-building, leadership and communication skills.
“It is great to see parents so engaged with NCS,” said Ms Carter. “As a company we take over 4000 young people away during the year, so it is natural parents want to know the details of the programme.”
The signups themselves took part in team building activities to help break the ice meeting lots of new people, as well as exploring similarities and differences between individuals. They also engaged in an NCS Graduate Q&A session with some of last year's NCS graduates, who were able to share their stories and answer questions to make them more at ease and limit anxiety.
As a core part of NCS is the social action project which young people design and deliver, a ‘Market Place’ was also held, showcasing local organisations such as St Johns Hospice and ‘Out in the Bay’.
Wes Johnson, LMC Principle said,” We are delighted that we can work in partnership to facilitate NCS and the young people involved. It is a pleasure to see how young people increase in confidence and independence skills. It is also gratifying that so many local organisations benefit from the social action projects, putting something back into local communities.
The teenagers and their parents/guardians came from various local schools including Ripley St Thomas, Our Lady's Catholic College, Carnforth High School and Dallam.
Visitors were treated to ‘NCS’ branded cupcakes and biscuits from the Aspire to Catering students, and entertainment was provided, courtesy of one of the Level 6 BA Degree Music students.
NCS is a national scheme, aimed specifically at pupils aged 15-17, and is delivered across Cumbria & Lancashire by Inspira; a local, award-winning, career management & personal development organisation. The part-residential programme encourages the development of independence and life skills, culminating in the planning of a "social action" project, carried out in the local community.