The Keen Green Gardeners took part in a treasure hunt set in the community garden. Young people had to use their noggins to solve picture codes, maths skills, de-scramble texts and complete puzzles in order to win the big prizes.
The group were fantastic and worked together to complete all of the challenges in the allotted time frame. They walked away with gardening diaries, note pads and pens so that they could document their journey into the world of gardening. Well done folks!
Tom has been leading youth sessions outside awith our young people who have been harvesting fruit in the garden, weeding and planting spring bulbs in our planters. They have left hand drawn markers so that we know who had the “green fingers” and what is growing.
We are so glad of our outside spaces at this time that enable people to be together while maintaining social distancing guidance. Being outside in nature really helps with stress and anxiety and we have been blessed with glorious sunshine this autumn.
Tom has been updating Facebook with how this vital service was able to continue during lock down by setting up an online youth club.
“Working from home during lock down brought up a lot of challenges for myself, Jan, Nic and our Young Leader Sophia but we persevered and set up our very own Digital Youth Club using Zoom (which I think everyone is familier with by now!) Youth work is an essential service for many young people and we felt the need to carefully balance the needs of the public health crisis against the need to provide essential support to young people at a time of heightened challenge.
Being back in the Centre has made me reflect on everything the Beechtree Youth Club has achieved in this time. Since the first week of lockdown we have been delivering 4 to 5 Digital Youth Club sessions a week. That’s around 20 sessions a month and to date 107 Youth Club Sessions in total during the pandemic.
The young people have enjoyed Q and A sessions, guided learning sessions with origami, experiments making slime (led by the young people) live tours of where members are, a Netflix Party, contests, quizzes and much much more!”
Tom is planning to start some small group activities soon using our community garden and following social distancing guidelines. There is plenty to be done in the garden and it is a safe place to meet and have fun together.
Young people are welcome to come and take part in free sessions that are led by a qualified Youth Worker, Youth Support Worker and a team of volunteers. We aim to increase provision for young people to participate in regular art, music, drama, healthy cooking, computer and media activity and support young people to reach their full potential.For any other activities suggestions are welcome – its your session.The Young People Sessions are on Mondays 4 – 6pm for ages 10 – 11 and Thursdays from 5 – 7pm for ages 12 – 16. There is also a Young Mens session on a Wednesday from 6-8pm .If you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact me:Tom NielsenYouth WorkerT: (01948) 258220E: firstname.lastname@example.org Beechtree Community Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch. SY13 1NT.
We recently had an evening of team work games with the Monday night group. They had a go at Marshmallow and Spaghetti Tower where they had to build the tallest free-standing tower using only Marshmallows and spaghetti – the winner was a whopping 23cm high!
The group also really enjoyed playing “Toxic Waste” where they were equipped with some string and rope, and the group had to work out how to transport a bucket of “Toxic Waste” and tip it into the “neutralisation” bucket. This game was really popular and the young people really enjoyed engaging with it, using their initiative, thinking and using their imagination.