On 08 April 2019, 9 young people from Five Lamps Youthy joined 21 other young people from across Stockton on Tees on an overnight residential at the Kingsway Centre which is based in Middleton on Teasdale.
The young people, who attend the Thursday night Youth United Stockton evening, were taken out of their usual environment and comfort zones and were embarking on two days’ worth of fun challenges.
The trip was funded by the Early Intervention Youth Fund – Targeted Youth Outreach and was delivered by Youth United Stockton, to help provide early intervention services to young people that will prevent them from participating in ASB and other unruly activities.
On the residential the young people undertook a number of challenges and activities to help build up their emotional resilience, their confidence, communication skills and also their team work skills.
The challenges began as soon as they arrived at the centre, as they were tasked to make up their own beds! They then went on to take part in Gorge walking, which ended in a cliff jump. Raft building, where they learnt how to build a raft which they then used on the river, a high ropes course, with the leap of faith at the end and finally crate stacking, which was a physical and mental challenge to get them working as a team and thinking about the actions they chose.
Overall the trip was a success and 100% of young people attending the residential said they enjoyed the trip and would like to take part in other trips with other young people across the Borough.
One of the young people said;
“I really enjoyed the trip and I learnt to work as a team and to be yourself, socialise because most of the kids are like you”
Five Lamps and Corner House Youth Project are the accountable bodies for Youth United Stockton (YUS) which is the Open Access Youth Provision in Stockton-On-Tees. Youth United Stockton is delivering free youth sessions across the Borough for young people aged 10-19 years old.