For 2016 VICTA have been offering new activities to the 14 to 17 year age group. So far this year we have run three activity breaks all with a different workshop theme mixed with fun outdoor activities.
8 to 10 January 2016
All About You Weekend
VICTA’s first activity of the year was the All About You weekend, held at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes, a venue used by us plenty of times before for our 18+ Youth Weekends.
During the weekend we got the teenagers talking about the joys of growing up, and gave them the chance to find out a bit more about themselves through workshops on fashion and beauty. This was for the boys as well as the girls, and the activities ranged from a personal shopper experience at Debenhams, to a sound bath workshop, and an outdoor bushcraft session. It all made for a varied and busy weekend for the young people attending.
With eight participants the weekend was a real success and the young people threw themselves into every activity. They cooked bannock bread and baked apples on a campfire and even had their make up done (although none of the boys were brave enough to face this or the waxing challenge!). Fashioneyesta’s Emily Davison joined us to give a talk on blogging, and some of the participants made videos expressing what they thought were the biggest misconceptions of being visually impaired.
All participants went home with plenty of freebies, and new purchases from the shopping trip. Thank you to Karen from Tesco for the goodies, and Georgina from Beauty4you and Jamie Riley for the perfume samples.
The trip proved the perfect setting for the group to identify with other teenagers, make new friends and learn something about themselves.
16 to 19 February 2016
Youth Activity and UCAN Drama Break
VICTA returned to the Caldecotte Xperience for another activity break featuring physical challenges such as caving and abseiling, and learning new skills such as bush craft. We also had the privilege of working with UCAN productions on drama workshops in which participants performed two pantomimes, and created individual performance pieces.
The activity break was an opportunity to learn about personal limits and confidence building through the physical activities and drama workshops. There was a scent testing workshop which gave the young people the chance to explore perfumery as a possible career.
As a three night break away from home, participants were able to develop their independent living skills and form new friendships. We enjoyed meeting lots of new young people and seeing how they took on new challenges and experiences.
6 to 8 April 2016
Activity and University Information Break
The focus this time was on preparing for university, with a day of workshops on personal statements and an interesting talk about the application process by speakers from the University of Birmingham. This gave attendees helpful information and support in preparing for the daunting process of applying for university, whilst attendees also had a crack at writing their own personal statements with a chance to film a visual version as well.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a VICTA trip without some exciting outdoor activities to complement the workshops, and attendees got to try out canoeing, zorbing, bushcraft, orienteering, rock climbing and abseiling. There certainly wasn’t a dull moment and the attendees got a lot out of it, not just the information for their futures but also the chance to make friendships and develop their independence.
Incorporating the university element of the activity was seemingly very valuable for our attendees and a great time was had by all!