Over the weekend (11-12th June) we took a handful of our Young Carers to 'Stanley Head: Outdoor Educational Centre just outside of Endon to take part in a range of activities.
Their instructor was Sam, who ensured that all of our Young Carers were strapped up securely in their harnesses and helmets before being led to the outside high ropes location. The Young Carers climbed up a tower via the indoor steps and took part in the para-fan drop. This is a 10m free fall drop that is slowed down by an apparatus which controls a person's decent to the ground. A few of the Young Carers felt nervous before but they all conjured up the courage and took the leap.
Once safely on the ground, they were harnessed up again but this time to climb up the wall they were previously descending from on the centres outdoor climbing wall. All of the Young Carers took part in this activity and all were able to accomplish the climb.
After the climbing wall it was time for the final activity which was archery. This was probably the most liked activity out of all by the Young Carers as each one of them took it in turns to shoot the arrows at the targets. A few of the Young Carers had already tried archery previously but for those that hadn't they picked it up straight away. The activity ended with an archery tournament in which the Young Carers, Sam the instructor and myself all took part and all really enjoyed it.
The weather wasn't our side for the evening of Saturday. We did luckily have a range of board games and a television to watch the England's first match of the UEFA Championship.