As the summer Holidays draw to a close we asked out youthwork team to reflect on the last 6 weeks of activities at The Door.
The six weeks kicked off with a sunny trip to Thorpe Park; a fantastic day was had by all as the young people not only had the chance to enjoy themselves but also had the opportunity to overcome some of their fears and try new things they may not have had the courage to before.
Later into August the team travelled to Skillzone in Gloucester where young people took part in interactive scenarios and situations including Rail Safety, Police and Court proceedings and Home Safety Hazards. This was a great opportunity for the young people to have fun while learning.
For the last trip of the summer Sam and Annie travelled down to Weston Super-Mare for a day with a handful of young people who enjoyed exploring the Grande Pier and building sandcastles followed by a very British Fish and Chip lunch and an ice-cream.
As well trips out and about we organised activities a little closer to home with our own ‘Door Olympics’ in Victory Park and ball games in Stratford Park both of which were very popular with the young people.
Day trips and activities like these are a great way for youthworkers and young people to get to know each other better as well as offering them a change of scenery to ‘let their hair down’ and have some fun. For some of the young people the summer holidays can seem like an eternity, and these affordable day trips can be the only form of summer break they have.
We are fortunate to have received funding from Starbucks to help us reduce the costs for young people to attend trips. Going to places like Thorpe park are really expensive but with this funding we managed to reduce the cost down to a much more affordable level.
#TheDoorOnTour will continue in October half term so keep your eyes peeled for posters advertising our next outings!
James and Annie (Youthwork Team)