SEVEN schools are being celebrated for their 'flawless' delivery of social action plans aimed at the heart of the community.

Since September 2022, Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA) has worked with schools throughout Cumbria delivering a social action programme to 360 young people, working with mentors from 35 local businesses.

At Carlisle Racecourse (March 30), each individual school delivered its presentation on how they can make a difference in the lives of those within communities to an audience of over 300 people - with one school taking home first place. 

Each group was supported every step of the way by a local mentor, such as representatives from the NHS or Sellafield Ltd. 

News and Star: Schools delivered their social action projects to an audience of over 300Schools delivered their social action projects to an audience of over 300 (Image: CYA)

The winning idea came from Appleby Grammar School. 

Youth project worker Aldwin Samuel, who has been working hard alongside Rachel Gaw, Dana Hawkins and Damien Morris to deliver the project, said: "The event was great, it was a brilliant day. The kids had a really good time - everything was positive. 

"Appleby came up with an idea to create parcels for the elderly in nursing homes, especially those who haven't had contact with family in a long time. 

"The work saw the students deliver parcels to a resident's home in Appleby but they look to branch out to the community in the future," he said.  

Energy Coast UTC came second after coming up with the idea of a diverse foodbank - helping those from different heritages in a time of need. 

Each school will continue to deliver its social action plan.

Other schools involved on the day included; Trinity School, Millom, Coniston, Netherhall, Kirkby Stephen Grammar and Samuel King. 

News and Star: Members of the Cumbria Youth Alliance team on the dayMembers of the Cumbria Youth Alliance team on the day (Image: CYA)

"We were impressed because of the team effort and that the kids could stand and deliver.

"When this project started, these kids were nervous just to present to schoolmates, at the racecourse yesterday, they delivered to over 300 people and they were flawless. 

"They've grown into young adults," he said. 

CYA aim to make this an annual event, if any schools would like to get involved or business, contact 01900 603131.