Led by a NICAS accredited coach, learners are taught climbing skills, rope safety, belaying, and scrambling. We use a variety of different facilities to ensure that the young people never get bored and face fresh challenges on new climbs. Our young people have the opportunity to attain a NICAS accreditation at various levels.
At our woodland site cooking is very popular, we regularly bake bread, pizzas, curries, breakfasts, cakes, biscuits and are always open to new suggestions. We stretch the practicalities of cooking out of
doors and discuss health and hygiene, food preparation, safety issues around cooking over open fires. We also cover Dutch ovens, pit ovens, clay ovens, barbeques. We will also look at some very easily identifiable wild foods, their harvesting and preparation, depending on season and what’s available locally, plus we take fresh fruit and veg from our allotment.
Ultimately we will be practising what we preach and will be cooking and trying a number of different eating experiences from the very simple and easy to cook through to the decidedly off the wall!
At our woodland site all our buildings and facilities have been built by the young people themselves. We constantly look to renew what we have and the young people have the opportunity to make suggestions for future projects. Everybody attending will have the opportunity to practise skills such as carpentry, bricklaying, clay-making, roofing, guttering, irrigation, path-making etc. We also have numerous mini-projects on the go such as making bird boxes, den-making, tree house building dependent on the time of year.
We aim to encourage our young people to enjoy growing their own organic produce and learn about the natural world through cultivation of food crops. We have an onsite allotment, poly-tunnel, compost heap and fruit trees. Thanks to the poly-tunnel we can engage in year round growing and grow a much wider range of crops. Recently we even grew chilli peppers, courgettes and squash for the first time. As part of the programme we aim for the young people to contribute socially to the local community through engagement with nature and our neighbours.
Led by a 1st4Sport level 2 coach learners are taught coarse fishing at a range of venues around Northamptonshire. We aim to cover a range of techniques and learn about baits, tackle set up, the environment and identifying fish species.
Using the excellent facilities at Adrenaline Alley in Corby we run a variety of sessions throughout the year. Whether volunteering at the site, maintaining and building bikes, being coached by qualified BMX coaches or just riding.
Horses provide an ideal environment in which to engage students in the learning process. We aim to provide a calm workspace where learning can take place
naturally and young people are able to set their own pace.
Our young people have found the opportunity for personal development, growth and learning, through the unique interaction that occurs between human and horse
We participate in indoor sports throughout the year, in addition to our climbing and BMX'ing we also play football, squash, badminton, table tennis, swimming, trampolining and basketball. These sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis dependent on the interests of the young people themselves.
Young people learn to use real small hand tools, exploring the use of natural materials with the benefit of generations of traditional craft skills handed down to support them. They learn to assess risk, take on challenges and accept responsibility.
In conjunction with the Friends of Thoroughsale woods we provide training in coppicing and we also manage our own small woodland site.
Using arts activities to inspire a change in the attitude of young people having trouble at school, supporting them through education, employment and training. The range of arts we use to inspire and challenge the young people on sculpture, graffiti, painting, ceramics, film making and photography. Young people work on their own and in a team.