Chance to have the best Summer ever with the National Citizen Service


Teenagers have the chance to snap up places on this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) – a scheme that has led to a Cumbrian organisation creating 60 new jobs.

The scheme offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15, 16 and 17-year-olds at a greatly reduced cost, due to government backing.

The personal development programme runs over three weeks and costs just £35, with bursaries available to those most in need.

In the first week groups of teenagers go away on a residential trip and enjoy outdoor adventures.

Teenagers then get the chance to live together as a group in their local area, learning how to live independently away from home.

Young people also commit to doing a further 30 hours of work on a project that will benefit their community.

Participants build skills for work and life, take on challenges and adventures and make new friends.

Extra support is provided for young people with additional needs.

Inspira, a social enterprise which has its headquarters in Penrith, is running the NCS programme across Cumbria and Lancashire. It is taking on over 60 summer staff to help deliver NCS.

Spaces are still available on its three-week rolling programme, with slots available starting on July 14, July 28 and August 4.About 2,500 young people, including 750 in Cumbria, will be involved.

Carlisle-based Nicky Jackson, area manager for Inspira, said: “NCS is an amazing opportunity for 16 and 17-year-olds. Not only is it great fun, but young people also learn new skills which look great on their CV. It really is a once-in-a-life time opportunity and for £35, it is also incredible value for money.”

To sign up go to Facebook – NCS North West – or visit


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