Participation Day reports & feedback
YAC Thames Bridges Trek Challenge - September 2016
Our Young Adult Council (YAC) decided they wanted to fundraise for charity. They chose a charity called the ‘Who Cares? Trust’ that gives children in care a voice and improves their day to day lives as well as their futures. In September three members of the YAC accompanied by three members of VSK hopped onto a train and headed from all parts of Kent to London to complete a 25km walk called the ‘Thames Bridges Trek Challenge.’
The Thames Bridges Trek is a walk across
London, following the Thames and crossing all 16 bridges. We were exhausted after the 4th bridge but carried on and finished all 16!
The weather wasn’t on our side on the day but luckily we brought rain ponchos and wigs so we didn't get too wet! We all dressed up and even managed to complete the trek in less than 5 hours. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our trekkers on their achievement, they set a goal and smashed it! And also to thank everyone who sponsored YAC!
This Art of Mine & The Turner Gallery - August 2016
We held two activity days for our young people so they could create a piece of artwork for the “Garden of England” competition. Around 30 young people came along to create their own art entries, with such beautiful views to help their imaginations. We saw lots of beaches, poppies, bees, churches and farm animals. We had so much fun creating them with messy acrylic inks and paints. All the art was dried and saved for the competition judging turn over to read about the competition! We learnt that art doesn't always have to be PERFECT!
Arethusa - August 2016
The water sports day at Arethusa is always one of your favourites! Everyone came suited and booted ready to have a splashing time. We learnt to sail a boat, which was difficult as you kept having to duck! We also did kayaking and raft building, testing the rafts on the water by racing against the other team! We even saw some of England’s harmless jelly fish, they don’t sting you! But we learnt NEVER to pick them up, they die if you do!
Dover Castle - August 2016
We felt like soldiers as we walked through the war time and hospital tunnels, seeing how dark and cold it would’ve been during the war! We walked through history! It was a lot of walking but nobody complained as they rushed to see the next room! We all learnt about the history behind the tunnels and the castle itself. We even learnt that King Henry II remodelled the castle back in 1180’s, long before you were born! And it was once a prison too!
Team Tutsham - August 2016
It was so hot, the hottest day yet, as we hacked across country on our ponies! We hid in the shade with our giant jenga whilst giving the ponies some well earned rest. The truck roller-ride was the best; we got to climb steep hills and speed down the other-side into a smelly stream where we got a face full of water and drenched from head to toe - we learnt so much about horses too!
Like to NEVER walk behind them.
County Wide Children in Care Council Meeting - August 2016
Each Summer we hold a celebratory event for Our Children in Care Council members. It is to celebrate all of their hard work and their contribution to many discussions and decisions that affect all Children in Care across Kent!! This year the day involved a group activity looking at what the role and purpose of the Children in Care Councils is, and how our Corporate Parents can support the Councils. We also had lots of fun!! It was a great opportunity for Kent Children in Care to meet their Corporate Parents.
After lunch the real fun began! We had an inflatable ‘It’s a KnockOut’ obstacle course which teams took turns in completing. Team work was key and everyone did really well!
Wildwood Activity Day – April 2016
Our last activity of the school holidays was at Wildwood. We walked around the centre, seeing lots of interesting and different animals. We even got to meet a fox! We then got to spend lots of time in the amazing play area and some of us went on the drop slide!
Hop Farm Activity Day – April 2016
At the Hop Farm we did lots of exciting activities! First, we went and saw lots of animals and even had a donkey ride. Next, we had a go on the giant jumping pillows as well as going on the driving school and in the magic castle. We had such a fun day!!
Bewl Water Activity Day – March 2016
We turned up bright and early ready to jump in our canoes and paddle! Being out on the reservoir on a windy day made it more interesting fighting against the waves to get back to shore! We then went cycling through the woods! After putting on our helmets and gloves, we checked our tyre pressure, brakes and gears before setting off. We had lots of fun riding in the mud!
Revolutions Climbing and Skating Activity Day
On Friday 19th February we held our last activity day of the school holiday. We had two groups of young people come along to try some climbing and show off their tricks on the ramps.
Espression Arts Activity Day
Ice Skating Activity Day
Skiing and Tobogganing Activity Day
16+ London Trip
On the 21st August, myself, Bella, Gups and our support officer Suzanne took 7 young people age 16+ to London for an participation day. We went to the London Bridge Experience.
We meet all the young people at Maidstone west, and then we all got the train to London before we went to the London Bridge Tomb Experience and we went to a little café for lunch.
We spent the whole day in London, all the young people enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun in the London Bridge Tomb Experience.
After this day all the young people want to be more involved with Virtual School Kent and Participation and Engagement. And all of the young people that came to the London day are now involved in are Young Adult Council (YAC).
Dover Sea Sports Activity Day
On Wednesday 13th August we ran a Dover Sea Sports Participation Day. We had two water activities running; stand-up paddle boarding, and raft building, everyone involved did an amazing job in taking part in the activities. They all put so much effort into everything that they were doing; whether it was rowing really fast against the current and being taken out to sea or helping the staff with the rafts and paddle boards at the end of the sessions. After everyone had returned from their activities (we then got a bit drier and warmer!!)