Monday, July 23, 2007

Urban Escape Volunteers

This year instead of our usual summer club with a large group of young people we instead concentrated our efforts on our small but dedicated group of young volunteers.

These guys for more than two years, week in and week out come and volunteer at the junior sessions as part of their service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and/or just because they are loving and giving people.

This year we decided that we would concentrate on developing these young people so that they and other young people would benefit in the long run.

We decided that they would pretty much plan and run the summer club and that the summer club would be about developing their youthwork skills.

So together we decided on the programme, planned it, wrote it up and gave it out, prepared the centre by clearing and tidying it, did kit checks & lists, planned sessions, did the risk assessments, booked outside organisations & people and bought the equipment and materials needed.

The idea is that not only will these young people have gained new skills and improved on old but that these skills can be used when they volunteer in the future whether that is in August at a children's home in Nairobi, Kenya or in September training our next intrepid young volunteers in Tower Hamlets, London.

Summer Programme 2007
16th July to August 24th


July Mon 16:
  • Summer Club & YAP Prep inc. programme writing, checking risk assessments
  • Young People's consultation meeting with Met Police (post to follow)
Tue 17:
Wed 18:
Thur 19:
  • Scrap Project - for paint & art materials
  • Summer Club Prep inc. equipment checks, kit lists, clearing & tidying
Fri 20:
  • Getting rest of necessities for camping & Yap kit list
  • Supervision & Panel meeting.
Mon 23:
Tue 24:
Wed 25 & 26:
  • Epping Expedition
Thur 26:
  • Theatre - Fame
Fri 27:
  • Video Project & Monitoruing visit from funders
Mon 30:
  • Cooking with Diane, Paradise Garden 2 & more Video Interviews
Tue 31:
  • Make & Do Fun - leaning & teacing how to face paint, make friendship bracelets, baloon model, & make scoobies & T hshirt printing
August Wed 1:
  • Climbing & Abseiling
Thur 2:
  • Kayaking
Fri 3:
  • Cooking with Diane & finishing up any of the above and sharing a meal with friends

Tue 7-Fri 24th:
  • YAP to spend 2 weeks volunteering at a childrens home in Nairobi using all the above skills...and staying hopefully at the top of the ladder of participation as they have done more and more in the past two years and throughout the summer programme.

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