By Felicity Poulton
We were all very excited to make our way to the Caldecotte Xperience, a firm favourite among participants and staff alike. We had twelve 18-29s joining us, half of whom were completely new to VICTA, and so it was great to have so many fresh faces in the mix. We could not have asked for better weather – the sun shone all week, and it was a lovely opportunity for everyone to enjoy one of the last weeks of summer.
The week kicked off with rock climbing followed by archery. Archery skills varied among the group; some were very good, whilst others potentially upset a few of the local rabbits, and others made drivers on the A5 think they were being attacked by a medieval army! The evening was a chance to enjoy a home cooked meal, socialise with the whole group and watch a movie.
Tuesday morning was slightly gentler as we canoed around Caldecotte Lake in the glorious sunshine. It was a good team work exercise and everyone really enjoyed it. Nerves were tested after lunch on the crate stack, before we all wound down with a relaxing gong bath. Wednesday morning consisted of abseiling and sailing, and then we had a visit from an aromas company. Research has shown that, on average, visually impaired people have a much more developed sense of smell, and so the company is keen to promote it as a potential employment route. The workshop consisted of an introduction to the industry, followed by a scent test. This was a lot of fun for all involved, and one member of the group even scored 100% on the test! It was then time to don our glad rags for a night out at the pub. Our final activity on Thursday morning was zorbing, and all too soon it was time to head home.
All in all it was a brilliant week, and a lot of fun was had by everyone and many new friendships were formed. We look forward to the next one!