Adventures in Edale
During the recent February half-term St Ives locality youth work team in partnership with the charity KICK and St Ivo school took a group of young people up to Edale in the Peak District for a 3 day residential. KICK is a local charity based near St Ives which works with young people in order to provide positive activities. The trip took place in snowy conditions but the group from St Ivo School coped fantastically going straight in at the deep end with a night hike on their first night. The other activities which tested the young people and taught them new skills were caving, high ropes, a night time abseil off a 70ft bridge as well as some outdoor archery.
The residential was organised to mark the completion of a KICK adventures project started back in the Autumn term. The school released the members of the group for the last lesson on a Thursday afternoon for a series of sessions throughout the term which included a number of workshops and activities. Throughout the programme the young people have really increased their confidence and used their experiences from the activities and applied them to their personal lives. This KICK project is funded jointly by money from Children In Need and St Ivo with a contribution for the residential from the Huntingdonshire Area Inclusion Youth Worker.
One of the group was given a great compliment by the centre staff when they suggested he look in to a career in the outdoor education industry as he showed such competence and enthusiasm on the high ropes and night hike activities. It was a brilliant opportunity for the staff and young people to experience being out of Cambridgeshire and to try some new activities as well as celebrate finishing the programme on a very positive note.