Making a Splash!
Community First’s Splash Programme ran a very successful Summer programme, engaging 102 young people from 89 different families. The activities programme included fun, exciting, challenging and educational sessions all designed to increase the young people’s confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and leadership skills.
Activities ranged from Fun First Aid to Raft building, Making Music to Cutting up cars and everything in-between! Within the extensive activities programme we also piloted the Splash ASDAN accreditation. 15 young people took part in this pilot and set themselves aims to develop in particular areas by challenging themselves and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. They all did amazingly well and all were awarded the accreditation which is a nationally recognised achievement.
Following on from the success of the summer we have secured long term partnerships with a number of providers and are working on building more partnerships with some new providers too.
Aside from the activities programme Lady Gooch the High Sheriff held a reception evening at The South Canonry in Salisbury in aid of Splash and YAW. Guests included Salisbury MP John Glen, Chief Constable Mike Veale, Lord Lieutenant Sarah Troughton and several of Wiltshire’s mayors. The rain held off and it was a beautiful evening in the grounds of the Bishop of Salisbury’s stunning home, during which over £3000 was raised to support young people in Wiltshire. At the event, 15 year old Josh Wills from Devizes was presented with a special Splash award by Lady Gooch in recognition of his positive contribution to Splash.
Splash Programme Co-ordinator, Dawn Whiting, said: “Josh has joined us on many Splash projects over the last few years including cooking, kayaking, raft building, first aid, den building and survival skills to name but a few. The Splash projects have assisted Josh to become the mature, polite, well liked and reliable young man he is today. Josh always brings a sense of humour, enthusiasm and a keenness to learn to all the activities that he attends.”
Splash Fundraiser Mel Bradley said “We were delighted to see so many people turn out to support us and are hugely grateful to Lady Gooch and the Bishop of Salisbury and his wife for enabling this to happen.”
Places on the October half term activities have all been allocated with the majority of activities being oversubscribed. Due to the continued increase in demand for positive activities during school holiday periods this year Splash will be running several activities over the Christmas period. This is exciting for the team and will include some fun, natural Christmas decoration making sessions, a sports activity and Ben’s ever popular Fun First Aid session.
With the new Splash team settled into their roles we are now able to offer mentoring support to young people who require a little reassurance and encouragement to come along to Splash. We recognise that it can be daunting arriving at an activity not knowing who else will be there. By meeting young people beforehand, spending time with them answering their questions and quashing their anxieties we help them to get over the first hurdle without even stepping out of the front door. It is amazing how much comfort a young person gets from knowing they will recognise a friendly face at an activity day.