To provide low cost outdoor education activities to young, disadvantaged and disabled people of Poole.
So without your help, many people might miss out on trying paddle boarding, kayaking or trying their hand at climbing or sailing. Thanks for all your support so far.
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At the end of 2018, we used the money donated from customers' taking part in activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, Duke of Edinburgh and School Residentials to take a group of young carers from the Poole area to experience an activity weekend on Dartmoor.
Together with additional funds, gratefully received from the Co-Op in Hamworthy, fifteen young people who spend their time caring for family members, took a well-earned break to learn new skills in orienteering, climbing, bushcraft and our now famous Tavastock Pannier Market Challenge.
Owen was buzzing about the weekend when he attended the Monday’s Young Carer’s group.
He said “It was a really good opportunity for young people. It gave me time away from home which I needed.”
Thalia said although her anxiety took over sometimes, she is used to it happening and didn’t feel it ruined the weekend.
She said “It was a chance to meet new people and I made new friends and I set myself challenges. I loved doing Bushcraft and the accommodation was ok.”
Lexie said “I think it was really good, a weekend away and really fun. I loved Bushcraft; making fires was the best bit. Shame about the rain but that cannot be helped, we still did loads to do and had fun. I would like to go again in the summer with better weather to be able to do more.”
Keziah said “It was so fun, I’ve never climbed before, it was scary but I feel good for having a go. I would recommend it to others because it was fun, even though it rained it wasn’t boring and we had a choice to take part in the activities. I liked that Chris and Jordan encouraged us to take part, they are really good at making it enjoyable and they got involved with us.
The dorm rooms where good a bit cold but a good place to stay. I liked the breakfast at the farm shop café. The weekend was actually really good.”
Gregory said “I had lots of new experiences; walking up to Haytor and being able to climb. I have more confidence in myself and want to do and try more. I want to use big words to describe the weekend but all I can think is it was brilliant and I have loved it all. I would of like more space in the boy’s room but was ok for the weekend. I enjoyed the BBQ it was enthusiastically crispy or was that the bread!"
Aral said “I loved it, it gave me time away from everything at home. Dartmoor Activity Centre was a calm place to be. Chris was funny and Jordan taught us bushcraft and I liked making my own fire, I liked then both. The food was really nice and plenty of it. Saturday was not my sort of thing with the money challenge but I loved the bushcraft and climbing. Thank you to Iain for the breakfast at Ullacombe Farm it was delicious."
Thank you, Iain, Chris and Jordan for putting on a brilliant weekend, I have already said it was a success from our side, as you said a bit short notice but it’s all in place now for future events.
We need a months’ notice to submit off site and risk assessments and send out invites to the young people.
You mentioned finding new funding for another event, I cannot say a definitive yes that we could pay but always ask for funding if it is needed. We also have access to Rotary’s in Bournemouth who frequently give us donations and we are keen to use them on activities for the young people.
Could we have a price for the weekend if we were to fund it ourselves, to give us an idea?
Keep in touch with any new ideas or opportunities you have or hear of and we will continue to access the activities in Hamworthy for the school holidays.
I will continue to spread the good word about you guys to colleagues and family’s.