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South Lakes pupils sign up for National Citizen Service
NEARLY 100 pupils from South Lakeland schools signed up to doing National Citizen Service during the summer holidays.
The students built up a range of skills while having fun and making friends at the same time.
Groups from The Lakes School, Windermere, Dallam School, Milnthorpe, Queen Katherine School, Kendal, Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Settlebeck School, Sedbergh, Cartmel Priory School and Kirkbie Kendal School spent three weeks of their summer holidays taking part.
The scheme, which is delivered locally by Inspira, was designed to help 16 and 17-year-olds come together to learn life-long skills, increase their confidence and also allow them to give back to the community.
Area manager Claire Willett said: “It is amazing how it has transformed the lives of some - you can see the massive rise in their confidence. “They form friendships that will last for years and those that get involved are so enthusiastic.”
During the first week the youngsters visited an Outward Bound centre in Aberdovey, Wales.
The teams had an adventure-filled time which included an ‘expedition’ to Cadair Idris.
Next was a week spent at Arnside Youth Hostel, where the students learned about independent living, the local community and developing as a team.
Sessions included budgeting and shopping for the week’s food, information on finance, personal safety, digital art and a trip to the Coastguard to find out more about the sands.
Dallam pupil Callum Seton, of Carnforth, said: “We did a Come Dine With Me every night and the next day scored each other. I have never cooked for 20 people before but it was fun.”
The 15-year-old added: “We learned from the Coastguard about how not to get caught out by the dangers and had a competition to see who could get dressed up in all their kit the quickest - it was really fun.”
And during the last week the Year 11 students worked together on different community projects in the South Lakeland area.
It was then up to them to develop their own ideas about how to help a local project.
Callum said: “Each group had to choose which charity was more important to them. There were lots of really good ones but when we had been out we saw a homeless guy on the street and thought it was obviously a problem here and that is why we decided to help the homeless shelter.”
Along with another group raising funds for Chestnut Trust Community Gardens, Kendal, Callum and his new friends held a coffee and cake morning in the town tall, which raised £146.16 for the two causes.
Ben Jones, 16, of Wray, said: “I am used to sitting around and doing nothing in summer so this has been a great opportunity to get out there and do something.”
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