A NEW group set up to help young adults in Carlisle make friends enjoyed a 'hugely successful' first event earlier this week. 

Twentee-total was set up by Carmen de Castro and Jimmy Moorhouse, as a way of making friends through alcohol-free activities, after struggling to meet like-minded people in their first six months in Carlisle.

After an overwhelmingly positive response, including a message of support from Carlisle Labour candidate Julie Minns, the duo started working on potential events. 

On Thursday, February 8, they held a sold-out event at Carlisle Gamers, focusing on the hugely popular BBC show The Traitors. 

Ms de Castro said: “We were overwhelmed with the positive response that we received after launching Twentee-total last month. After Carlisle Gamers kindly offered the space for us to host our first event, we thought it would be really fun to host a Traitors-themed night.

"The amazing response that we had last night shows how many people in the city were looking for a group like this.

"We're really excited to keep helping other young people in the area as much as we can."

News and Star: The feedback from the event was extremely positiveThe feedback from the event was extremely positive (Image: Supplied)

The night featured the game Werewolf, on which The Traitors is based, with werewolves working together to defeat villagers at night, while the villagers try and work out who to banish each day.

Ms de Castro added: "It was really inspiring to see so many different people join together looking for the same thing - to make friends and have a nice time meeting other people their age without the need for alcohol.

"I think it was hugely successful and the feedback that we received both during and after the event was incredibly positive. Everyone seems to be looking forward to our next events."

Twentee-total's second event, a run social, also sold out in next to no time, and the duo are on the lookout for venues in Carlisle and surrounding areas who would like to help out with future events.

Ms de Castro concluded: "We will be announcing our next event very soon, and anyone interested can follow us on Instagram @Twenteetotal or on Facebook."