The young people had an amazing week and loved their Halloween parties; they got to do everything from climbing through 'spiders webs' to making chocolate apples and mocktails!
We had a great time in our Young Parents toddler group this week celebrating Halloween with mocktails, a spooky disco and Halloween themed bingo! The group loved Becky's description of the bingo tiles - "green stew" = witches cauldron.
The toddlers got to go on a Halloween treasure hunt around Network and take home a party bag full of treats and prizes!
During the summer Play Rangers we were able to offer a range of crafts to the young people we met on the parks and they were a great hit! So, we decided to do the same again for the October half term Play Rangers, only this time we also put together some amazing sports packs to give out to groups that aren't interested in the crafts.
We noticed a gap in what we were offering from the last Play Rangers and are hoping that this will get older young people more involved as well as some more of the boys. The packs included a rounders bat & ball, a frisbee, a pack of cards, velcro catch, chalks/pens & notepad, a stress ball and 6 antibacterial wipes. We hope these are just as popular as the mini craft packs!
We celebrated Hello Yellow at Network by baking yellow buns, making lemonade and decorating the glasses, getting the young people to create a well-being board in our youth room full of positive quotes about what makes us happy, writing to some of the local community that have been shielding and doing an activity where we filled each others 'well being' jars with compliments and positive messages.
The young people spent the week learning about Hello Yellow and what Mind offer and how they help people while having fun!
Since we have been delivering small group work in the project, the Thursday group have been doing work around protecting the environment. As well as doing some upcycling, the young people decided to do a litter pick in the local area. We collected litter from around the project, on Massey Field, on the local park and near the school. The young people worked really well as a team during this and felt a sense of achievement once they had finished. The young people were really surprised at how much litter there was and were very enthusiastic to do another litter pick in the future. It was great seeing the young people getting involved in improving the area and we look forward to doing this again!