NEW students were welcomed to Lakes College in Lillyhall, Workington this week with an informative freshers fair.

For three days this week, Lakes College hosted a freshers fair with stalls from West Cumbria businesses, charities and organisations.

Information was on offer on apprenticeships, sexual health and student services at the college.

Irene Farragher, learner support manager at the college said: "Freshers Fair is a great way for us to give students the key information they need when starting college. It gives learners the chance to ask questions and take advantage of information and resources to support them on their student journey."

She said: "The event has been a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who has supported the week's activities."

Organisations at the freshers fair included: Cumbria Constabulary; the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, National Youth Advocacy Service and Girlguiding.

Lindsey Irving, Children's officer for West Cumbria Constabulary said: We have had lots of people stop by our stall over the last few days and we have been giving information on how young people can stay away from crime."

She said: "We've also had lots of interest in people joining the people which is great and we have had fun letting people try on police uniforms in our dressing-up booth."