The National Citizen Service (NCS) is one of the fastest growing youth movements in Europe - if not the world, says Inspira’s director Pete Alger. It was also awarded The Royal Charter!

NCS is delivered and managed by Inspira across Cumbria and Lancashire. The programme for 15-17 year olds continues to go from strength-to-strength. From humble beginnings in 2011 with 400 places to more than 4,000 in 2017 across the Spring, Summer and Autumn intakes.

NCS operates in three delivery sessions. Spring, Summer and Autumn. 2017 results were very good, 105% against our overall target. It is pleasing to know that Inspira was the only region out of 19 in the UK to beat its target and we are already well on track for 2018 Spring and Summer sign ups. This year’s target for summer is 3,500 across Cumbria and Lancashire.

Now in our seventh year it's strange to think that back in 2011 we only had 400 places to fill. David Cameron was the driving force behind this and there was a fear that once he had gone we would lose the level of political support NCS had grown up with. But despite this and the impact of Brexit it looks like the Government are committed to delivering NCS until 2025.

We have had some fantastic support from MPs in our regions. We were told that of our 21 MPs we must try and engage with at least seven, 15 however engaged. We also had a lot of commitment from Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith. She made a point of visiting and speaking to every young person in her area and even organised for 36 of them to meet with Jeremy Corbyn. We had an awesome response from MPs and we are really grateful for their support.

As we roll into 2018, we look forward to another fulfilling year and seeing the progress our young people make on and after this fantastic programme.

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A world of opportunity in 2018 - Employer Engagement core to Inspira's work in 2018

Growth and The Royal Charter for NCS - NCS on track for largest cohort to date

On target for employer/school connections  - Government calls for more employer engagement

Pilot programme for the NHS - Developing a pilot programme for the NHS

Workplace Health on the agenda - Workplace Health important for productivity