Terrific teamwork in Wooler
How do you diffuse a bomb or navigate your way across a toxic swamp? That's what young people have been finding out as part of a teambuilding weekend in Wooler.
The weekend, the first of two aimed at getting young people together to develop new skills and confidence, was organised by Glendale Gateway Trust in partnership with Sure Start andBerwick Youth Project.
The group stayed at Wooler Youth Hostel and started their weekend of activity on Friday night with cake making and decorating demonstrations in preparation for their second residential weekend in November when they will be taking part in a cooking competition.
On Saturday the pace was stepped up a gear with Adventure North East providing teambuilding and problem solving tasks at the Riverside Caravan Park which hosted the event.
As well as diffusing a mock bomb and working out how to cross a toxic swamp on multi-person skis, they had to shepherd sheep and navigate a minefield blindfolded - testing their team work, problem solving skills and trust in one another.
"The idea behind this weekend was to let the young people taking part get to know each other so they will be able to work as a team when they meet together later in November for a 'Come dine with me' challenge," says Gemma Douglas of Gateway Development Trust.
On November 18, teams competing in the Come Dine with Me challenge will have to prepare and cook a meal for the other groups - creating breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. This will include sourcing the raw ingredients, working within a budget, team work, preparing and cooking food, servicing and presentation. The meals will be judged and scored.
"Opportunities to participate in residential weekends such as these don't come along too often and they are a great way to build confidence in young people," says Merrick Thomson of Berwick Youth Project. "The Come Dine with Me Challenge helps develop the skills they will need when they set out to join the working world - enterprise, motivation, team work and the ability to compete."
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