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LMC Public Services Students Embark on NCS Award Programme
A group of Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Service students at LMC have completed the first two phases of their National Citizenship Service Award programme. The programme aims to be a rite of passage for 16 and 17 year olds to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society.
The first phase involved a four day three night residential visit to Kepplewray Activity Centre which is situated in the Lake District National Park near Broughton in Furness. Set in a beautiful and inspiring region with excellent accommodation and staff, Kepplewray provided exciting challenges led by a team of friendly, qualified instructors, where everyone participated and built positive relationships in a relaxed and safe environment.
The students participated in activities such as kayaking, raft building, team building and abseiling. The activities tested students’ physical and mental abilities to push them out of their comfort zones, thereby facilitating personal and social development, communication and leadership skills.
Phase two of the programme continued with students attending a three day series of guest presenters who focused on developing new skills relevant to both social action and transition to adulthood and on gaining an increased understanding of their local community. The activities enabled students to explore and discuss community issues, local initiatives and interventions in place to tackle these issues.
The presentations included raising awareness of Dementia & Alzheimer's, Local Democracy, St John's Hospice, Social Action planning, Conflict Resolution and Resilience, Risk Assessment, Budgeting and Finance.
Public Service course tutor, Sam Tinsley, said 'the NCS residential provided students with an excellent opportunity to engage in a range of activities to enhance their personal and social development'. 'The students deserve great credit for the way they applied themselves to all aspects of the programme activities'.
Kepplewray staff said that 'LMC students were a credit to the College and themselves with their behaviour and engagement in the activities throughout the week'.
Victoria Carter from Inspira who works in partnership with LMC to organise the NCS Programme said 'Kepplewray Activity Centre and its staff were excellent and provided the students with excellent opportunities to achieve their intended outcomes'.
The NCS programme is just one of the ways that LMC Public Services provide additional learning experiences and Employability Skills developments for their students which run alongside their academic programme of study. Students also have the opportunity to access a range of experiences at LMC to enhance their future employment aspirations. These include European visits to Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria, work placement week with Public Service providers, Public Service Conference Week at LMC and working with school children from the local community.
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