The purpose of the residential, was for young people, who spend a lot of time alone, to bond with other young people and to develop skills and confidence by trying new things. At the end of May we took a group of young people on a residential in the Peak District. The residential took place at Hope Valley, Castleton. The group we took included participants from our Care Experienced and Yes projects. The residential was total of 2 nights and 3 days from Monday until Wednesday and we experienced sun, wind and rain. However, that wasn’t enough to dampen the groups spirits.
It was good meeting new people and push my comfort zoneParticipant
The first day saw the group participate in some workshops delivered in the spacious lounge area of the centre. The second day saw the group forming together by completing various activities that Hollowford ran. This started with Archery in the morning and led to all the participants abseiling off a bridge by the end. It was great to see all the young people supporting each other. The final day came around for the group and they reminisced over the first two days, working together to decide on how they would work together in the future.
Through participating in the residential young people shared they had enjoyed the experience of going to a new place whilst also making some new friends. They also shared that they were proud to have supported others do things outside of their comfort zones as well as doing things outside of their own.
Going forward we will be working with these young people to further develop their individual and collective skills and confidence, so they can bring about positive changes for themselves and others
I would like to say a big thank you to David from My Journey CIC for helping the group to get from our offices in Leicester to Hollowford in the Peak district. A thank you also goes to all the staff and activity instructors at Lindley Education and the Hollowford Centre who helped and supported the residential to go ahead.
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