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Challenge & adventure in the Peak District

Challenge & adventure in the Peak District

Sadie White No Comment

At the end of May, our youth workers took 18 young people from our Woodthorpe and Westfield youth clubs and our Door 43 service out into the Peak District for a day of education, challenge and adventure. The educational activity, delivered in partnership with Endeavour Training and the Peak District National Park authority enabled these young people from very diverse backgrounds, most of whom had never ventured into the Peaks before, to interact socially, broadening horizons, building confidence and healthy attitudes as well as breaking down prejudice and negative stereotypes.

Travelling by tram and train demonstrated to our young people just how easy it is to access the national park. Disembarking at Grindleford, our young people were introduced to a Peak District National Park ranger who provided information about the running of the park and associated environmental challenges and got involved with using tools to maintain accessibility of paths as well as carrying out an environmental survey that involved understanding the ecosystem and identifying plants and insects. After a short walk in the beautiful countryside our young people were given the opportunity to really challenge themselves and push personal boundaries with an abseiling activity.

Commenting on the young people’s reactions to the abseiling activity, Danny Maybury, youth worker in our East team says, ‘Many of the young people taking part in the activity experienced fear just at the thought of taking this death defying plunge, and murmurs of self-doubt echoed around the group upon arrival. With a little encouragement and self-belief however, the challenge was enthusiastically met. The impact of this victory could be plainly seen on the gleeful faces of the young people who took part.’

John Moloughney, Deputy East team manager also said, ‘It was fantastic to lead an activity to deliver educational, social as well as healthy outcomes for these young people and see the delight on their faces as they challenged themselves in such a beautiful location. I’m really keen that we continue to build upon links with organisations such as Endeavour and the Peak District National Park Authority to deliver more in collaboration for Sheffield’s young people.’

A trip is being planned for October and any young people interested in attending should contact John Moloughney.

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