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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle teenager named an outstanding citizen

Sixth-form student David Frame spent the summer scaling peaks, learning life-saving skills and making new friends – and now he’s been named an outstanding citizen.

David Frame photo
David Frame

The 16-year-old, from Carlisle, was honoured for his efforts as he went from being nervous about embarking on a volunteer scheme to being a key member of a team that carried out exciting projects and raised cash for charity.

David, who goes to Trinity School, was given an outstanding achievement award at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony.

Amelia Moore, from Whitehaven, also received the same award.

Nearly 500 young people from Cumbria took part in the three-week volunteer programme run by youth work group Inspira.

David’s activities saw him throw himself into an outdoors course in Wales and help raise money for charity.

He was one of four young Cumbrians who received the award before more than 700 people at a ceremony at the Rheged centre, near Penrith, at the weekend.

David, of Lowry Hill, said: “I was gobsmacked. I wasn’t expecting it at all but I’m very happy about it.” He said he would “definitely recommend” the course.

“I got so much out of it,” he added. “I’m a lot more confident speaking to people.

“I was worried about going into it and meeting lots of new people and doing thing I’d never done before.

“But when I did it I was really pleased with myself and I managed to overcome all these fears.”

They National Citizen Service programme was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron three years ago as a form of non-military national service and a way of helping school-leavers engage more with society.

Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover said: “Seeing Cumbrian young people gaining in confidence and doing amazing things has been uplifting.

“National Citizen Service is also a real benefit to the community and helps young people as they move forward into their future.

“One of the things employers tell us all the time is that they want young people to be ready for work and to be part of the success of their business. This programme does so much to help that need.”

The others to receive outstanding achievement awards were Lara Sumner, from Carnforth, and Luke Smithurst, from Barrow.

Mick Farley, chairman of Inspira, said: “The graduates can be proud of their achievements.”

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