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Providing young people with the opportunities to try something new, at a level they feel comfortable and safe, is a key element to what we do at The Way. We broaden young people’s horizons and break down the barriers to participation. Every week we will offer scheduled “Try” sessions that throughout the year that do not require young people to have previous experience or skills. Quite the opposite, in fact. We actively encourage new participants. We want young people to gain life experiences and find activities that they like and enjoy. They may even uncover a skill they never knew they had. Examples of “Try” sessions: Sports: cricket, football, touch rugby, basketball, netball, racket sports, climbing, athletics and gym sessions. Art: pottery, Manga art, computer-based art, textiles, fashion design, drawing and painting – all in our recently refurbished and extended art room. Performing Arts: various genres of dance, learning to play musical instruments, drama, singing and karaoke.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Many of us take it for granted that children will participate in a wide range of activities when they are growing up. Often this will trigger a passion that lasts a lifetime or uncovers a natural talent or skill that leads to a successful career. But not all children in our city are that lucky, whether it be due to lack of opportunities and facilities locally or down to the fact that it is too expensive. Our aim is to give ALL children the chance to try something new, broaden their horizons and have fun. All Children deserve opportunities and lack of money should not be a barrier. This is why we only charge 50p per visit. As an example, one Climbing taster sessions will cost just 50p. At a Climbing centre this could cost at least £10. This is unfortunately too expensive for many families in our city. Even the more common activities will be new to some of the children who may have lacked confidence to join in previously. “Try” or beginner sessions welcome kids of all abilities.
Steps to get it done:
The "Try" sessions will be embedded into our general programme of activities and, like all sessions, will be supervised by experienced youth workers and coaches. All the required equipment will be provided by The Way. As you would expect, all staff have had enhanced background checks and we hold all the necessary insurances policies. We have stringent Safeguarding Policies and child safety is paramount.
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