Autumn leaves Ryelands Primary School dancing

One of the projects that The Areti Trust funded last year (and which had to be adapted to comply with Covid regulations) was a project combining the natural world and dance. A team from Ludus Dance worked with children from Ryelands Primary School to create an activity about autumn and the changing colours of the trees and landscape. The children took part in a walk around the local park, where they were shown how to identify different types of trees and explored their qualities and potential.

The project also highlighted the importance of preserving and looking after our local wildlife, and the topics of plastic pollution, pollinator decline and local walks for the children came up in all sessions.

For the Areti trustees it was a pleasure to watch a video clip of the children dancing as trees or as butterflies and to sense their delight in the project. The project resumes with Ryelands next month; Ludus will also be working with North Road Community Primary School in Carnforth this spring.

Grant awarded to Lancashire Youth Challenge

The Areti Trust is pleased to award a grant of £8,820 to Lancashire Youth Challenge for their summer activity: the “Highest, Longest, Deepest, Wildest Challenge”. This will see young people taking on the following:

  • The ascent of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England
  • Canoeing the length of Windermere, the longest lake in England
  • An abseil into Longchurn Caves, some of the deepest caves in England
  • A night of ‘wild camping’ atop of the fells.

Lancashire Youth Challenge

Sadly – but not surprisingly – most of the activities funded by The Areti Trust at the beginning of the year have had to be postponed. The trustees were therefore very pleased to learn that Lancashire Youth Challenge managed to complete a modified version of their Coniston Challenge over the summer. This enabled 2 separate groups of young people to spend 3 days (non-residential) caving, hiking and ghyll-scrambling – a character-forming experience that enabled them to put lockdown out of their minds for a short time. (And also – a common theme it seems with such mini-adventures – involved them getting very wet!)

Latest grants awarded

The trustees met recently to consider the latest applications and agreed to make the following grants:

  • £6,580 to Ludus Dance for a one-year pilot project with two primary schools to develop a programme of dance based on the natural world.
  • £1,200 to Walney Community Trust for a youth residential to Ambleside.
  • £13,500 to Morecambe Bay Partnership for primary school visits to Sunderland Point and follow-up creative activities.
  • £3,394 to Lancaster Boys & Girls Club for various outdoor activities.
  • £8,150 to Lancashire Youth Challenge towards their outdoor summer challenges.
  • £5,800 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB for a pilot project working with a pupil referral unit.
  • £3,500 to Marsh Community Centre for a youth residential.
  • £10,000 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB to work with primary schools and produce work for Light Up Lancaster and the Morecambe West End Lantern Festival.

The trustees also agreed to make a grant of £25,000 to Escape2Make later in the year for their 2021 Mini Green Festival.

Finally, the trust will continue to fund visits to Leighton Moss by primary schools with above-average pupil premiums.

Lancashire Youth Challenge take on Hadrian’s Wall

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.