NCS experience propels Lancaster young people to Paris

Four young people from the Lancaster area spent time in Paris this December with 40 other young people from Norway, Belgium, France, Greece, Romania, Hungary and Italy, as part of a ERASMUS+ Project.

As NCS Grads from 2016 and 2015, Aless Gibson, Joe Wood, Ethan Carter and Sophie Gillott wanted to remain part of the fastest-growing youth movement in Europe. They volunteered to help out at a number of NCS events across the district including working with NCS teams from North Lancashire this summer.

Due to their hard work, the team were offered the opportunity to take part in a ERASMUS+ Project – ‘Respect4 - Education without Barriers’ project, coordinated by Lancaster & Morecambe College, which focussed on Conflict Mediation and Wellbeing for young people. The group had to develop innovative, educational materials for use at the college and the seven overseas partner schools across Europe. Over the Summer and with the help of young people from North Lancashire on NCS they produced a video, which they presented in Paris.

Aless Gibson, who attended Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and took part in NCS in the summer of 2015 said, “The Paris trip was incredible; getting to meet other young people from seven different countries was an amazing opportunity to learn about different cultures. We got involved in cultural visits to the French Senate, the National Museum of Immigration History and walked to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. We presented educational materials and attended a lecture on the anthropological approach to sex inequality. I hope to remain involved in NCS as I have gone on to reap many rewards from my experience.”

NCS Area Coordinator, Victoria Carter, accompanied the group to Paris and has seen how NCS has had a positive impact upon all four of the participants. “They have each gained so much from the programme, particularly when it comes to developing independence & employability skills. Watching them present their work, in front of a room of people from 7 different countries, with confidence, diplomacy and good humour, was one of the most rewarding moments of my job.”

NCS is a part-residential, personal development opportunity for young people aged 15-17 (school years 11 and 12) and is managed and delivered in Lancashire and Cumbria by Inspira, an award-winning social enterprise.