Leading personal development organisation Inspira has just delivered the Youth Exchange in Carlisle on behalf of Carlisle City Council.

The exchange of students between Carlisle and their twinned cities of Flensburg in Germany and Slupsk in Poland was established a number of years, Carlisle hosts the event every three years. 

Twenty young people and their leaders were invited to visit the city, exploring the culture and heritage as well as finding out what it is like to actually live in the area. Ten young people from Carlisle accompanied the visitors acting as their guides and ambassadors.

The programme was jam packed with students exploring local attractions in the city and visiting other places of interest including the Lake District National Park, Watchtree Nature Reserve and Hadrian’s Wall.

Wendy Lawson, one of the leaders from Inspira, said, “We have had a jam packed programme for the young people here in Carlisle. We have been to many of the attractions Carlisle has to offer including the Cathedral, the Castle, Tullie House and a great morning spend with the Mayor of Carlisle touring the Civic Centre.”

One of the participants from Flensburg, Steven said, “It has been good to see Lake District National Park, we don’t really see mountains where I live. I have tried lots of food that I have not have before too, Cumberland sausage, fish and chips and crumble with vanilla sauce. My English has improved a lot too.”

On the last full day of the exchange programme (Thursday 1st August) the young people attended Carlisle Civic Centre for a reception with the Mayor. They were given a tour of the Council Chambers where they had a chance to ask the Mayor questions in the same format as a Council meeting. They also saw the Law Library, the Robing Rooms and had an opportunity to handle some of the ceremonial items used for civic duties.

Susan Watkins, Area Operations Manager for Inspira, said, “Both Carlisle City Council and Inspira put a lot of work into delivering the programme. The young people from Carlisle on the programme helped to plan what we would be doing. They were keen to showcase Carlisle and the surrounding area and they have been great ambassadors for the city.”

If young people want to apply to take part in future Youth Exchange programmes they can contact Inspira on 01228 596272 or visit www.inspira.org.uk