StreetGames recently staged their annual Young Volunteer residential at the Brathay Trust site in the Lake District.

The event was attended by 70 young volunteers from across the UK with a specific focus on the North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands regions.

The three day personal development and leadership residential was planned and delivered by a team of StreetGames Young Advisors: Niala Saleem and Hibo Abdi (Milton Keynes College), Ieuan Davies (Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales), Chris Smith (TyneMet College), Michael Cook (Sport North TyneSide) and Othnel Goodett (Manchester Young Champions).

The Young Advisors had all previously experienced a StreetGames residential as a young volunteer and wanted to create a relaxed and fun environment for those new young volunteers attending.

In doing so, the youth-led residential presented participants with various challenges as well as opportunities to meet new people and develop lasting friendships.

Activities set by the Young Advisor team, included: -

  • Team building.
  • High ropes challenge courses.
  • Water whaling sessions and ghyll scrambling.
  • A night walk up Todd Crag.
  • Social sessions, including a table tennis tournament.
  • A movie night.
  • Self-led disco.
  • The annual StreetGames residential quiz.

The young volunteers who attended had a fantastic experience across the few days within the beautiful surroundings of Ambleside. Many of the young volunteers were able to learn new skills, increase their self-esteem and confidence whilst also overcoming some of their fears. 

Abdi Jama, 17, from Unity Gym in Sheffield, said: “The residential has been nice; you get to meet people from all over the countries and learn from them and their experiences. It’s been tiring but it’s been eye-opening as well. The ghyll scrambling was very active and I’m more of an active person – it was really fun for me. I’ve worked on my people skills, being in a room of different people it makes you adjust and it’s given me social skills.”

Ryan Bhandal, 20, from Wirral Positive Futures, said: “It’s been great meeting new people, I’ve got some new mates and hopefully we’ll keep in touch. My favourite activity was the high ropes challenge. I’d definitely like to do something like this again.”

The StreetGames Volunteer team would like to say a big thank you to all the young volunteers who attended and to their projects leaders for making it such an enjoyable experience.

A very mention special mention has to go to our six amazing Young Advisors who made this a residential to remember.

We look forward to seeing more young people at our residentials in 2017. In fact, we are in the process of organising another Young Volunteer residential in February 2017, at the Green Park site in Aylesbury. For more information, please email volunteering@streetgames.org. **PLEASE NOTE** For this residential, we will only be recruiting young people from the London/South East, South Central and East regions.

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