A new project is giving 9-11-year-olds in south Cambridge the chance to get outdoors and experience some ‘urban adventure’. In partnership with the Children’s and Young People’s Participation Service (affectionately known as ChYpPs) from Cambridge City Council, we are taking eleven children out for weekly outdoor fun. All the children have been referred to the project, often because of confidence and self-esteem issues.
The project began with a two-day residential in Norfolk, where some of the children went to a beach for their first time. They all enjoyed the experience of cooking and eating together.
Subsequent sessions have been based at the urban adventure play area in Cherry Hinton Hall Park, where there has been den-building, a scavenger hunt, teamwork and trust games. Activities help the young people to stretch themselves, have a positive approach to challenges and to learn to assess risks.
Each young person has set goals for the ten-week course. One said he wanted to work against the bullying he had seen and experienced. Another said she was aiming to have lots of fun because she didn’t go outside much normally.
This course is being run with funding from the South Cambs and City Area Partnership. In September, children in the North area will have a similar opportunity when Romsey Mill teams up with ChYpPs for more urban adventure challenges.