Me2 Club has been running residential Weekend Away trips for our young people and their volunteers since 2010. We run 3 to 4 trips per year and take between 5-7 children/young people on each trip with their matched volunteer and 3 members of staff. Our Weekends Away generally start at 9am on a Saturday morning and we return around 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. The trips are held at a variety of activity centres located in the south east which we travel to and from by coach.
A wide range of activities including canoeing, archery, raft building, caving and rope courses are available for our young people to try. These activities can be adapted to ensure that everyone can have a go, regardless of physical ability. For example, on a recent trip a young person who uses a walking frame and wheelchair for mobility attended, she was able to try all of the activities including a climbing wall, obstacle course, zip wire and archery. This was made possible because of some very simple adaptations e.g. a special bow that can be used sitting down and a supportive chair in the canoe.
On average 20 childre/young people attend one of our residential trips every year. For a number of these young people this will be their first time spending a night away from immediate family. Many of our young people are not invited to sleepovers or able to attend events such as Scout/Brownie camps independently for a variety of reasons. At Me2 Club we have the knowledge and experience to enable them to take part in Weekends Away, giving them the opportunity to experience a night away from their families in a safe and supported environment at a fully inclusive activity centre. These weekends help our young people to increase their independence skills, get to know their volunteers better and give them an opportunity to socialise with their peers. Weekends Away can be a beneficial time for family members too! It can offer respite and allow for time to be spent with other family members doing something which might otherwise be difficult to fit in.
Weekends Away are a fantastic experience for everyone who take part. The stories of individual achievements, friendships formed and confidence built on these trips are second to none and we are incredibly proud and privileged to be able to offer these trips to our Me2 Club members. If you’re a Me2 Club member and your child would like to come with us for a Weekend Away, call us on 0118 969 6369 where one of our staff will be able to provide you with more information.
Teenage Weekend Away
In October 2015 we launched our first Teenage Weekend Away with more challenging activities including some team building and life skills. The weekend was a huge success with 100% of the parents stating that their son/daughter had increased confidence and every young person who attended expressed an interest in attending another Weekend Away.
The trip started with our young people going to the local supermarket to buy snacks for the trip. Independence was a key focus for the weekend, keeping rooms clean and choosing your own meals were encouraged along with a range of activities such as team raft building. There was also a strong focus on down time, listening to music and socialising with other young people on the trip. A film night was a favourite part of the weekend for most of the young people.
Weekend Away Feedback
Me2 Club Young People’s Feedback:
“I really liked the activities – team challenge was my favourite”
“Thanks for the experience”
“Thank you this was Epic!”
“I liked everything, the best trip ever!!”
Me2 Club Volunteer’s Feedback:
“I enjoyed helping S try lots of activities we wouldn’t usually be able to try at Brownies. I think she trusts me a lot more to help her with new activities like ‘team challenge’”
“I have enjoyed trying new things and having the responsibility of looking after S. We became closer and this will help with Beavers”
I loved the weekend away and how much myself and M bonded”
“It worked well pairing with other volunteers, supporting to build relationships with children.”
Me2 Club Parent’s Feedback:
“N feels more independent and confident about going to new places and meeting new people”
“Having the Weekends Away is a fabulous ‘add on’ to the core service that the Me2 Club provide. We don’t receive any other respite so just to have some down time was wonderful. It was huge benefit for us and a great benefit for T too”