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We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect

Local National Citizen Scheme teenagers second fundraising event is another big success
Posted by Simon, 13th August 2018, views: 15036

These amazing youngsters camped out overnight to raise awareness of mental health in their community.

The teenagers are part of Inspira’s NCS Summer scheme which sees young people really getting involved in projects close to their hearts.

This bunch have helped the Barrow-based charity raise nearly £1,670 by helping out at Mind in Furness Summer Soul in the Park event last month.

Last night they set up camp on The Green, at South and North Row, Barrow, between 7pm and 7am on August 8 to raise awareness of mental health.

The NCS Group 5 Arkless explained why they picked the charity: “We wanted to raise money for Mind as many of our family members and friends suffer from mental health problems.”

Mind in Furness Chief Officer Karen Dobson: “We have all been overwhelmed by the support we have received from all the youngsters who have volunteered for us recently via the National Citizenship Scheme. It’s encouraging to see these young adults offering so much to their local community and to us as a charity. Mental health affects everybody, young or old so it’s good to have these young people highlighting the work we do in our local community.

“They helped us raise £1,670 by giving up a Sunday to help us at the amazing Soul In the Park Event and this total will increase with their fundraising efforts at their “Sleep Out.”

“As an organisation we are all immensely grateful and proud of their efforts and hope they will continue to spread the word about what we do.

“Our Community Engagement and Fundraising Officer Suzanne has acted as a point of contact for these youngsters and is happy to speak to other groups who may want to get involved in future events and activities”

NCS is an experience for youngsters aged 15 to 17 years-old and live in Cumbria or North Lancashire. It takes place outside term time in spring, summer head into the woods for five days of outdoor adventure. While there, they get to take part in loads of Challenges are designed to take them out of your comfort zone to build your confidence and develop skills like teamwork, decision making, and leadership. The following week, they ? live away from home in uni-style accommodation to develop important life skills. Finally, they put all the skills they have learned into practice by designing a social action project with their team delivering over 30 hours of volunteering making a real mark on their local community. The experience gained from this stage of the programme will really help your CV, UCAS or college application stand out from the crowd.

You can still sponsor the team here.

If you would like to fundraise for Mind in Furness please contact Suzanne Murphy on 01229 827094 to find out how you can get involved or email Suzanne.murphy@mindinfurness.org.uk.

For more information or to sign up go to www.ncsyes.co.uk or call Inspira on 0345 658 8647 and ask to speak to your local NCS Coordinator.?

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  • Mind in Furness
  • Lesser Kings Hall
  • 57-59 Hartington Street
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • LA14 5SR
  • Charity registered in England and Wales: 1143600
  • Registered company limited by guarantee: 7693277
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