Residentials are an important part of our work. They are a chance to take a group away for an extended period of time (normally 3-5 days), into an environment they are not used to, in order to try new challenging activities that will stretch them.
Within the normal course of work with a group we will do at least one residential, allowing them and us to explore the dynamics of their peer group and afford experiences for reflection and learning.
We regularly use outdoor pursuits centres for residentials. For some young people it is the first time they have stayed outside of the city environs for any length of time and this creates a lot of discussion and new learning for the participants.
Brunswick Girls Group Residential
At the beginning of the summer holiday 2016, the Brunswick Older Girls' Group planned and went on a residential trip to Shining Cliff. Over our three day trip the girls had planned various activities including: forest skills and a craft workshop, a campfire evening, team obstacle course, archery and zip-wiring! The girls were able to spend time together outside of their normal environment, having a meal out in the local town, exploring the woods and caves; building better relationships with one another and working together to organise their days. Throughout our time on the residential, workers were able to see how the girls' relationships were developing and how everyone participated, supported and encouraged one another throughout the activities and 'living' arrangements. The trip went smoothly with the great help of the girls, fun was had by all and it wasn't long after the trip that the girls were asking to plan another one!
Grove Village Lads
experience the Outdoor Life
In July 2015, two M13 workers took a group of seven young men from Grove Village camping for two nights in Delamere Forest to get experience before they embarked on the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. After weeks of planning and preparation, the group enjoyed swinging through the Go Ape high ropes course and an afternoon of fishing as well experiencing cooking and sleeping in the great outdoors. Despite the typically English weather, they all survived their adventure and had a great time!
We have also been involved in a number of other residential experiences, including work with teenage mums, an 'Iconoclast' residential (a dialogue based residential which explored different stereotypes of ethnic groups and aimed to create strategies to break the negative stereotyping down), and a 'Rewind anti-racism residential' which gathered together young people from all over the country to explore the impact of racism and to deconstruct racist ideologies.