Team Fostering's Volunteer Programme started today with the Peak Park Volunteers centre, near the Monsal Trail in Bakewell. The programme is part of our leaving care offer to young people (13+) in our Yorkshire and East Midlands region, and is organised by the regional leaving care worker, Nikki.
Unfortunately, the weather was rather miserable with rain coming down from the moment the team arrived. That didn't stop the group of 8 young people from getting stuck in, tasked with removing poisonous ragwort from a local farmer's meadow.
After a health and safety briefing from the group leader, the team proceeded to walk uphill in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District, and then the real work started. Binliners upon binliners were filled by the young people, who were working extremely hard and refusing to let the bleak weather get the better of them. Towards the early afternoon, the group were highly inticipacting some well-deserved lunch, and luckily our Education and Support Services Manager Steve had brought a group shelter for everyone to eat under.
It was fantastic to see Team Fostering's young people really giving back to the community, and it certainly won't go unnoticed. Not only has the day provided some valuable work experience, but it's experience that can be used to really enhance their CVs when the time comes to look for employment. Young people who participate in different volunteer sessions will receive bronze, silver or gold certificates, to show for their hard work and deciation of time.
There are more sessions across the region taking place as part of our programme, so make sure you check back to see how we get on! Well done to everyone involved today!
Our Leaving Care work is part of the Education and Support Service, offered to all children and young people along with their foster carers. If you'd like more information, please do not hestiate to contact us and find out more.