Well, we've done it again, we've planned a summer, adjusted the plan as needed, and delivered another high paced and fun summer and in the blink of an eye, I'm sitting at my desk, drinking a cuppa and typing this up. But before I get into the numbers side of things, let's look at the final week.
The final week saw a variety of excursions for different groups, and even with a bank holiday Monday this didn't slow us down.
Tuesday saw 3 activities including helping hands, coasteering and Club 1 kayaking.
Wednesday saw a different set of young men from Club 1 spend the day with Hight Tide Adventure company, learning essential bushcraft skills including making fire pits and learning knife and saw skills.
Thursday saw Helping Hands visit Beamish Wild, the first of 2 tree top adventures for the week.
Friday saw the final activity of the summer with the ToGetHer group going to GoApe. The treetop adventures have been great as an experience for young people and have really tested the resilience of those involved.
Now for the numbers. this summer, we have worked with 71 young people in crisis or in need of support.
We have ran 31 activities (not including residentials) and had 221 interactions from this
We have had 4 night/5 days of residential for 22 different young people
4 detached sessions/outdoor events.
Every year I say this but I standby the statement. the summer is a true test of youth work. it tests the relationships we have developed over the year to see if they engage in activities. it tests our planning and fundraising to see what weird and wacky new activities we can do and it tests our endurance as although its only 6 weeks of 52, its high paced, intense and a lot of fun, chased behind the stress of "what haven't I done" and "darn, I was meant to send that email". But to see the impact and hear the comments of the young people, makes it totally worth it.
In this day and age, it also goes without saying that none of this could be achieved without the support of our partner agencies, sessional workers and everyone else. So to all those involved in the PDYP 2019 summer, thank you and here's to 2020