During the Easter Holidays #TheDoorOnTour made a brief but significant comeback, The Dursley team had a fun-packed day out at Cattle Country, whilst brave Stroud youthworkers John and Leah took an intrepid bunch of 8 young people to Outdoor Lazer Tag in the woods of Matson.
We asked them how they got on:
Community Youthworker John says: “Everyone was given their own chest plate, headset and lazer gun then we headed up into the woods where were put into teams determined by the colour of our packs”
Roxy continues “We had to wear headbands that vibrated when we were hit, it was a bit weird at first but we got used to it. We started with a game of 5v5 which was green vs blue then everyone that was eliminated joined a red team. Afterwards we played a ‘zombie’ knockout game where one of us was the target and everyone else had to try and defeat them.”
Rich adds “Because the ‘target’ had a higher health than everyone else, when we tried to defeat them on our own we kept failing. It wasn’t until we worked together as a team and used some tactics that we won.”
Roxy laughs, “The youthworkers weren’t so good, John kept running ahead and getting shot down!”
“I’m just happy I survived!” sighs Sessional Youthworker Leah
“Learning skills like teamwork is one of the reasons we run these kind of trips each school holiday,” adds John, “as well as making sure the young people have loads of fun and can get out of the house.”
“It was great to go out on a trip, if it wasn’t for The Door I would have been at home on my own, probably in bed or playing on my games console,” chips in Jordan. “Afterwards we had hot dogs in the café which were tasty”
Some of the young people are #TheDoorOnTour veterans, but all agreed this one was special. Will sums up “That was the best trip ever that I have been on with The Door”
#TheDoorOnTour is an essential part of our Community Youthwork programme across the district – enabling young people who don’t normally get the opportunities to enjoy a day out, as well as providing positive diversionary activities to those at risk of anti-social behaviour. The Door runs trips during school holidays throughout the year from each of its Community Youthwork areas.
Currently trips are subsidised by our ongoing grant from the Police and Crime Commissioners Fund.
A donation of £10 would help enable a young person like Jordan experience a #TheDoorOnTour trip this summer.
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