Posted: Sun 26th Jun 2016

Half-Term Activities Help Young People Improve Skills /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016

Throughout May Half Term, Ceredigion Youth Service provided a variety of activities and courses for young people throughout the county. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Overall, 40 young people aged between 11-18 participated in a free two-day Bush Craft taster course, an upcycling project based at Aberaeron Youth Centre, and a two-day Youth Leader residential course at Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Bush Craft course was held and delivered by Tir Coed instructors at Llanfarian woodlands as part of the VINE project. The young people were able to gain hands-on practical experience of lighting and controlling fires, safe use of knife- whittling to create utensils, shelter construction, cooking on open fires, creating a permanent feature for future groups and navigation. All 19 participants completed an Agored Cymru accreditation in Bush Craft and were able to work on communication and teamwork skills. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Hag Harris, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, Children and Young People’s Partnership said: “These courses not only offer young people the opportunity to come together and learn new skills, but also they enable them to develop their social skills and enhance their well-being by working collectively in order to gain a sense of accomplishment.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The two-day Youth Leader residential course provided eight young people with opportunities to participate in team building activities, archery, skiing, learning about traditional deep sea siving, survival skills, self-defence, understanding more about forestry conservation and bush craft. All eight young people completed an Agored Cymru accreditation in teamwork. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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