Borwick Hall Residential Activity 2014

Archived: Posted September 19, 2014

Borwick Hall Residential VisitFCA North West invited young people aged between 12yrs and 18yrs to participate in an activity packed overnight residential stay at Borwick Hall Outdoor Education Centre in Lancashire, which we ran over a period of four days.  This was the second time we had arranged this activity and it proved to be every bit as enjoyable and successful as the previous event in 2013.

Borwick Hall is set in 18 acres of grounds, offering a wide range of outdoor adventure activities and all set in a picturesque location with stunning scenic views.  Activities on offer include Caving, Rock Climbing, High Ropes Activities, Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft, Archery, Ghyll Scrambling, Mountain Days, all led by appropriately qualified and experienced tutors.

The evenings comprised of workshops aimed at ‘Steps to Independence’ and the following morning outdoor activities including canoeing and climbing were organised for our young people.  The aim of the activities is to build self-esteem and encourage teambuilding.

Our first group of young people aged between 12yrs and 13yrs attended on the Monday and many of them were experiencing a level of independence for the first time.  Understandably, there was great excitement in the group! Staff helped the youngsters to get acquainted with each other and after introductions and safety briefings the young people settled into their own bedrooms to unpack and then meet for lunch in the dining hall to fuel up ready for the activities and fun to begin.

The Tuesday and Wednesday groups were for young people 14yrs – 15yrs of age and 16yrs plus age groups, with the main focus on Steps to Adulthood.  The young people attending on these days were given more responsibility to manage their time effectively, be on time for meals and activities, keep their rooms clean and tidy and make sure they were appropriately dressed for the activities they were to take part in.

Birth children participated in the final day of activities and, with all the young people attending over the week, had a fantastic time canoeing, climbing, problem solving and trying out the ‘leap of faith’ activity which was really quite scary!  Individuals overcame their fear and anxiety about climbing up to the top of a 30ft pole, standing on top of the 1ft square plinth, and then leaping off, leaving their fate in the hands of their instructor as they hung by their harnesses in mid-air! In spite of the scariness of this activity, it was a massive hit with our young people. DSC_0045

We were fortunate to have Afshan Ahmad and two of our Care Leaver Group representatives, Kris and Asad, attending over a couple of the days.  They were a great inspiration to our young people and were readily available to offer advice and deliver workshops to the groups

A big thank you to all the Staff – Gavin, Sharon, Rosie, James, Glyn, Afshan, Kris, Asad, Jean, Charlotte, Mark S, Maxine, Duncan and Holly who all worked long hours to ensure the success of the whole week make sure our young people had a great time.  Hopefully, you have all now had the chance to catch up on some decent night’s sleep!

Let’s do it all again next year!

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