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NCS Personality 2017Egglescliffe School Careers Coordinator praised for changing lives with NCS

At a unique regional awards ceremony, Egglescliffe School's Careers Coordinator has been endorsed for her outstanding work in changing lives by enabling students to access the National Citizen Service (NCS) youth movement.

Rachel Pascoe picked up the award at the NCS North East Star Schools Awards 2017 which recognised the support and commitment that schools and their staff provided to the government-backed scheme over the past academic year.

Schools from across the region picked up awards in recognition of their successes in encouraging their pupils to take part in the transformative scheme, but it was Rachel Pascoe's energy and determination that earned the NCS personality award.

With school support, almost 4,000 of the region's teenagers were empowered to make change in their communities through NCS last summer.

Held in the Great Hall at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 16 year old NCS graduates Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper compered the evening with other graduates making the exclusive event a success by organising proceedings, handing out awards and networking with influential guests. Another NCS graduate, Emmaleigh Poulton, entertained guests with a stunning musical rendition.

Rachel was presented the award by NCS Trust Chair and Rockcorps CEO Stephen Greene, alongside Katie McCluskey, NCS recruitment coordinator, who originally nominated her.

Katie McCluskey said: “Nothing is ever too much trouble for Rachel, and she always wants the best for her students. She is a fantastic advocate for NCS and deserved the award for the dedicated work she has shown.”

Rachel said: “I was thrilled and honoured to have won the NCS Personality award this year.  The hard work, energy and dedication of the NCS staff made it an absolute pleasure to work alongside them in championing NCS to our students and promoting the life changing benefits it offers them.”

Maxine Tennet, director of operations, V•Inspired, said: “The event was all about recognising the amazing teachers, educators, community members, NCS staff and NCS graduates from the North East. Collectively, we're building a movement of young people who are capable, connected and compassionate.”

Jessica Taplin, CEO of V•Inspired, who deliver the NCS contract across the North East in partnership with National Youth Agency (NYA) and thirteen local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector, said: “It was a pleasure to spend the evening celebrating the achievements of dedicated schools and the amazing pupils who seized the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute so much in support of local charities.”

Year 11 students can now book their own unmissable NCS experience. Taking place next summer, the programme includes time away at an outdoor adventure centre, a stay in university-style accommodation and the chance for teens to give back to their local community. Visit or call 0191 247 4020 to find out more.

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