Lancashire Youth Challenge take on Hadrian’s Wall

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Day 2 of the walk

One of the projects which the Areti Trust helped to fund this year was the Hadrian’s Wall walk by Lancashire Youth Challenge.

In August a team of 16 young people, 2 staff and 4 volunteers hiked across 50 miles in 4 days, beginning at Hedden-on-the Wall and concluding in Carlisle.

The young people on the walk had been referred to Lancashire Youth Challenge by Lancaster Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Barnardo’s, Lancashire Constabulary, local pupil referral units and schools due to their personal needs and vulnerabilities.  They had worked hard in preparation for the walk, building up their fitness, resilience and team-building, and they completed this amazing challenge successfully.

West End Primary at Sunderland Point

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West End Primary pupils at Sunderland Point

One of the grants made earlier this year was to Morecambe Bay Partnership for a project teaching local primary school children about the fishing history and ecology of the bay.  Visits to Sunderland Point have already taken place, with further visits planned in September.  Schools involved are West End Primary Morecambe, Ridge Primary Lancaster, Ryelands Lancaster and St Mary’s Catholic Primary Morecambe.

After the visit to Sunderland Bay, the pupils work with About Time Dance Company to create a dance based on what they have learned about fish and the sea.

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West End pupils fish-dancing!

Latest grants awarded

The trustees met recently to consider the latest applications, and they agreed on the following grants:

  • £400 to the 1st Morecambe & Heysham Boys’ Brigade towards the cost of coach hire for their week-long summer camp in South Wales.
  • £1,175 to Skerton Community Centre for their youth group to go to Brockhole, Lake District for the day.
  • £2,000 to the Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Clubs towards Bushcraft sessions and an outdoor adventure weekend for young people.
  • £5,000 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB towards work with local schools to create artwork for Light Up Lancaster in November.