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NCS: Social Action Plan week a big success

9 August 2015

Excellent work from our latest NCS cohort

It’s been a busy week for the Carlisle United NCS cohort as they enter the last part of their scheme – the planning and execution of a social action plan designed to help the local community. 

A number of local charities have benefitted directly from our NCS action plans in the past and it’s no different this time round as one group decided to hold an amnesty for the collection of unwanted clothing, toiletries and other household items, all of which were handed to Carlisle Key - a local charity which aids 16-25 year olds who are in financial or housing difficulties - on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, the NCS group held a 6to6 fundraising event in the Neil Sports Centre, from 6pm on Tuesday evening to 6am on Wednesday morning, where they faced a number of mini-challenges in a bid to raise more funds for the cause. The activities included sunset and sunrise walks, football challenges and a penalty shoot-out competition. 

Sarah Pinguey said: “We have chosen Carlisle Key because we feel we can relate to the people it is there to help.

“They are of a similar age to us and I don’t know how I would cope if I was faced with that situation. This is a very worthy cause and we hope it helps us to build a better community in Carlisle.”

If you want to support Carlisle Key, or make a donation, please contact them at Carlisle Key, Guildhall Chambers, 29 Fisher Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8RF.

A second group of NCS youngsters took up the challenge of turning an area of wasteland at Eden Valley Hospice into a fruit orchard and walking area for the residents. 

The students, who also raised money for EVH at the 6to6 Neil Centre event, took up the call to action when Callum Gawith was motivated by a personal story from one of the other members of the NCS group. 

Very well done to all concerned.

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