The programmes were open to young people eligible for benefits-related free school meals, with the aim of helping to close the holiday experience gap that some disadvantaged families may face over this period.
Throughout the week the young people took part in a wide range of fun, challenging and educational activities based on the theme of ‘healthy lifestyles’.
The Services for Young People youth workers led sessions on the importance of emotional and physical wellbeing, healthy eating, healthy relationships, personal safety and drug/alcohol awareness.
Every young person received a healthy hot lunch every day, either delivered to the venue or prepared and cooked by the young people themselves. Learning to cook healthy food in our state-of-the-art training kitchens was a big theme for the week.
The young people also took part in sports and physical activities such as team-building games and escape-room style challenges. At our Ware and Hatfield Young People’s Centres they made use of the multi-use games areas (MUGAs) to play team sports. At the Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt they took part in water sports such as canoeing and raft-building. The Welwyn Hatfield Team took 18 young people to Vertigo Adventures at Stanborough Lakes to experience the challenge and adrenalin of the climbing wall and high ropes course.
There were also lots of opportunities to get creative with canvas art, mindful colouring, making dream-catchers, tie-dye t-shirts and decorated mugs. At Harpenden Young People’s Centre 20 young people organised a junk fashion show and an Easter egg hunt and at West Hyde Young People’s Centre a fantastic piece of artwork was created for display at the centre.
All the young people got to make new friends, try many new things, learn how to take care of their physical and mental health and gained the skills and confidence to help them live more independently.
Feedback from some of the young people who attended:
“I enjoyed the sports and craft activities; I learnt something new every day.”
“I love coming here, the chats and debates are fun! Are you running this in summer too?”
“It was really fun to get to know new people.”
“We feel safe here and find it more fun being a part of a group and doing group activities which has stopped us from being bored.”
A lot of the young people who attended will be continuing to engage with us by joining one of our weekly term-time projects.
Do you work with or know a young person who would benefit from joining one of our projects? If so, you can refer them to SfYP by completing our online referral form:
Find out about Services for Young People projects for young people.