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Devon Residential

30 May 2019

Feel the Fear and do it anyway!

Kyles S

Please can we go back! This was incredible!

Kyle H

In April, Charlie was lucky enough to take a group of four Young People to Devon on a residential. This residential was planned in order to empower care experienced young people to create personal and social change through real and meaningful experiences in a natural environment. Recently published studies report that the benefits of going for a walk can last for seven hours, and certainly had a fantastic effect on our young people!

Day 1:

A bit of an early start for our bunch, but they embarked on a 4 hour drive south and participated in a range of activities including, archery, high ropes, abseiling, climbing, and the dreaded zip line! They finished the day with a yummy meal prepared at Dartington Hall.

Day 2:

Day 2 consisted of canoeing for some (Unfortunately this was way too wet for pictures!) and for others they took a trip to Totnes’ rare breeds farm to see some fantastic animals.

Day 3:

At the start of the day our young people and Charlie made the decision to go Caving. They were very sore, bruised and tired when they finished but they all agree it was the best activity of the week by far! They were lucky enough to see a under the ground lake and also crystals still embedded in the rock! Again no pictures as it was very wet and cramped down there! They also had a bonfire to end their day!

Day 4:

The saddest day of them all, leaving day. Before they headed back to Leicester they took part in a survey project on the River dart and said goodbye to some new friends before embarking on a 7 hour drive back to home!

The week in Devon was a great opportunity for our young people, who got to experience new activities, meet young people from across England and develop both skills and confidence.

If you would like to get involved with the Flying Fish project please get in contact with Charlie.