A sunny day with record-breaking July temperatures saw a group of young CatZero participants arrive at Grimsby’s Weelsby Woods to enjoy a day of team-building – and fun!
The introductory event marked the start of a summer NEETS programme for young people, which will include the fantastic opportunity to be crew members on a long-sail from Plymouth back up to Grimsby in August.
During the event in Weelsby Woods, with the thermometer recording plus-30 degree heat, the group enjoyed some team-building games, after sitting down and agreeing what was expected of everyone and where appropriate boundaries would be drawn – an essential part of the group participation process.
The ‘do’s and don’ts’ discussed and established included agreeing to listen, stay focused, be yourself, have fun and be honest, with the do not’s including bad language, vandalism, drug use or drinking alcohol, and invading people’s space.
A lunch of hot dogs, sweet corn and fruit was also served, before a final team-building game, during which the young people were split into two groups of four and were asked to build a structure that carried items safely across a river.
For some of the young people, the summer programme is an off-shoot of Full Families, which they are also a part of. And, as they said, the whole CatZero experience is a really positive one for them.
Destiny, 15, from Grimsby, said: “I have been on the programme for about a year and both me and the family have really progressed, we are all so much stronger. The 1-2-1s have really helped me, but this is great especially meeting new people and getting to know them.”