Inspira Corporate Who we are What we do Work with us News & features Customer site NCS summer of inspiration begins Over 3400 young people from Cumbria and Lancashire, the largest cohort since the programme started in 2011, are about to begin their National Citizen Service (NCS) journey and enjoy a once-in-lifetime summer experience. The first week (from Saturday 24th June) will see the first 350 set out across the two counties and begin five days of outdoor adventure activities, followed by a further residential week experiencing independent living. NCS is the country’s fastest growing youth programme, open to all 15 and 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is a unique three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, with participants volunteering at least 30 hours to a community project they create to address an issue important to them. Mark Bowman, CEO, Inspira commented: “We’re delighted once again to be sending out over 3400 young people from Cumbria and Lancashire on NCS once again this summer, and we look forward to seeing their social projects as they progress through the programme.” The programme is designed to create a more cohesive society by mixing young teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds, while supporting their transition into adulthood by enabling them to develop essential skills for work and life. NCS also empowers young people to come together to create and deliver a community project of their choice, addressing a local issue for the benefit of others. 1.5 million hours have already been volunteered by tens of thousands NCS graduates to communities across England and Northern Ireland since 2011. Inspira works with a number of delivery partners in Cumbria and Lancashire including, The Challenge, Fylde YMCA, SLYNCS, Blackburn Youth Zone and EFL.