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13 April, 2006

Youth Act Residential

On Friday 17 March, the two Youth Act groups from New Addington and Waddon in Croydon travelled up to Trafford Hall, Cheshire with the Youth Act team to the fifth Youth Act residential.

Trafford Hall, a residential centre in the Cheshire countryside provides training by young people for young people from all over the U.K through their comprehensive Young Movers programme.

This residential was no exception. Through a combination of drama, teambuilding activities outdoors, banner making and project planning the groups got to grips with planning their campaign work and what it means to work together as a team.

Participating in team building activities, devising and performing a short drama piece to communicate their campaign message and following training sessions on campaigning and project planning, the residential gave young people, adults and trainers alike the chance to connect, share campaign ideas and learn together in a positive and enthusiastic environment.

Jarrell and Abiodun, two Youth Act graduates and members of the successful Anti-Bullyying Massif joined Brandon from The Visionaires campaign group to assist with session facilitation and media coverage of the event. They spent time talking to and interviewing the new Youth Act recruits, adult supporters and trainers about their residential experiences. Here’s what they had to say:

What would you like to change in your area?

Ben – New Addington Young Advisors

“Crime is a real problem in New Addington and the area really feels like it needs cleaning up. We want to make sure there are more facilities and activities available to young people.”

What has been your experience of Youth Act?

Umut Chan – Waddon Warriors

“I got involved through my friends and talking to Ade when she came to meet us. I’ve learnt a lot and generally I feel I am more confident in what I do. The residential is cool.”

Michael – Waddon Youth Act

How have you found the residential so far?

It’s been a little challenging but it’s all worth it.

I’ve learnt how to work as a team and how to not be bossy.

What do you want to change?

There are things in Waddon that need changing. We’ve thought about bullying, violence, graffiti and abuse as issues we’d like to think about in our campaign.

I am looking forward to a better Waddon.

Steve, YoMo Trainer

“This residential is different, often we meet groups who aren’t formed and we have to work a lot on their teamwork skills. The groups on this residential are well-formed, cohesive teams and the preparation that they have done through their Youth Act training has already helped them to become a team and we’re here to continue to help them to achieve.”

Ade , Youth Act National Trainer

“The residential has been really good. All the groups have interacted really well, they’ve done a lot of work and set good foundations for their campaign. I am really excited about working with them over the next couple of weeks to get them to the point where they start running their campaigns. I’ve got to know them better in a different and more relaxed environment.”

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