12 July 2016
Over the weekend of 1st – 3rd July, London Youth hosted the 3rd Inclusion residential at Woodrow High House. Young people from member clubs came together, irrespective of background or ability, to have fun whilst learning about each other and working as a team.
The 4 groups took part in activities such as archery, giant volleyball and of course no residential would be complete without a game of Splat!
If you could be Mayor for the day, what would you do?
This is a question we asked the young people in attendance. Everyone received post it notes to write their ideas down. If there were no limits, what would you do with the power? We had ideas such as free comics books for everyone, a week to celebrate the 1990’s every year and a big party for young people. Other ideas followed themes we have already heard young people concerned about through Dare London. Transport and housing made up a large portion of the ideas shared. Cheaper rent and free transport for young people are the most popular answers.
Athan 31 offers a framework and funding for young people to design, lead and learn from their own social action projects. during the inclusion residentialthis year, each club were able to pitch for up to £100. Below is a brief summary of what each club accomplished.
Young people from Laburnum worked as a team to think about what young people at their youth club really enjoy doing. After a discussion about lots of different activities including gardening and playing tennis, the group settled on the idea of cooking sessions. In their brilliant presentation they shared their desire to learn more about cooking and healthy meals and will be running cooking sessions at their regular youth clubs night. They asked for £100 for ingredients for the cooking sessions. As they have already been working on a gardening project they will be using salad ingredients and strawberry’s which are all currently growing in their garden in their meals.
“There were so many outcomes for my young people. And having the chance to meet and engage with other young people was so good for all of them. Finley said that the best thing was making new friends. For him this is a really big outcome as talking to other young people and making friends is something that he has always struggled with. I also wanted to thank all of you for being supportive and accommodating to all of our needs. It was a fantastic residential and I hope we can attend in the future.”
– Clare, Youth Worker at Laburnum
Beckton Globe Youth Zone discussed different ways that they could make their youth club more inclusive and use £100 to do this. Following various ideas being shared the group recalled their youth worker telling them about ‘Goal Ball’ a team sport developed for blind or visually impaired players, involving a ball containing bells which make a sound when in motion is thrown at a goal at the opposing team’s end of the court. They were all excited by the idea of being able to play this at their club and felt that it would include young people who are visually impaired and also allow those who are not. In their brilliant presentation the group also said they felt it would be a good way to improve everyone’s skills around a new game. They will use the £100 to buy the equipment needed to play Goal Ball. They are keen to encourage local youth clubs in the area to also buy the kit and potentially set up a local league between the clubs.
The group spent time thinking about what could be improved at their youth club and started talking how much they enjoy cooking but that about recent cooking sessions young people where frustrated using blunt knives and old equipment. They decided to ask for £100 to supporting cooking sessions across all Streatham’s youth groups including breakfast club and their group for young people with disabilities. As such they really feel this new kit will benefit all youth club members and the equipment including new pans, chopping boards and knives will be maintained by a group of Youth Leaders who are very active at the club and themselves will be preparing food for 30 other young people over their four week summer project.
Haringey Shed being a performance arts youth club used their skills to do a very creative presentation including drama and movement. Having thought through what £100 could to do improve their youth club they decided that for lots of the young people attending the club having a calm sensory space is very important. This is a way to support young people to take part in busy rehearsals by ensuring there is a quite space in a dedicated room. Each summer the club set up at a local school for two weeks to prepare for their summer performance and want all equipment they get to be moveable. They asked for money to buy fairy lights, a pop up tent, bubble machine and various other bits of equipment that will help create a brilliant sensory room.