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Turning Point partnership project goes from Strength to Strength

Young people have just completed a year long partnership project with Romsey Mill, Netherhall School and myself as the South City Locality representative and what a year it has been.

The group were made up of six year 9 boys referred from Netherhall School to help support issues around behaviour, attendance and peer relationships.  In the first two terms the group hit the ground running firstly completing a series of team building challenges and team identity tasks.  They then moved on to working on their first aid certificates and their bronze arts awards. 

The arts award got them to try out portrait and landscape canvas painting, the young people were a bit sceptical at first but with the support of Rob and Jamie from Ghettowise they produced some amazing results and they even had their own gallery show in Cambridge.  In the Easter holidays the group picked up the County Youth award for best integrated working which really showed what they had achieved in a short time together.

The group has been a real success this year and the young people got a lot out of it due to the hard work which they put in.  One of the young people Connor backed this up saying “We learnt lots about teamwork and communication and it also helped me focus much better in class.  I really enjoyed the residential because it was fun to be away somewhere different and we used our teamwork skills on the crate stack and had to communicate well to steer the boat in canoeing”

Thank you to Dave from Romsey Mill who worked all year to plan and organise the sessions and make sure the young people had the best possible learning opportunities.  Well done to everyone on the turning point group, good luck next year when you make the step up.


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