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Disabled youngsters get active in West Wales (3)
7 June 2012
Bush craft and cooking food on campfires were part of an
activity weekend for disabled children in West Wales.
Young people with varying disabilities from Action for
Children's Hawthorn Project in Haverfordwest attended the fun event
- with an important and serious aim.
The break, at Newgale YMCA Outdoor Education centre in Pen y
Cwm, Haverfordwest, was held to help youngsters gain skills needed
for job hunting and independent living.
Nine youngsters aged between 14 and 19 got to grips with bush
craft techniques, team games and a range of outdoor activities such
as walking on high ropes during the break.
Charlotte Phillips, Action for Children Key Worker said: "The
activity weekend was a great confidence booster for the youngsters,
many of whom had never been away from home before. It was a fun way
of boosting their social skills, building their self esteem and
will help them make the often difficult transition of moving
out of the family home to lead independent lives."
Mark, 16, one of the young people who attended the activity
break said: "I'm really glad that I went on the break, as
first of all I didn't want to go. I loved staying away from
home and it was not as scary as I thought. The camp fire was
great and everyone was really nice and chatty".
Emyr, 14, said: "The team games were a nice way to get to
know each other and the staff at the Newgale Outdoor Centre that I
did not know before. I really liked getting involved in the
bush craft and sitting around the camp fire".
The Hawthorn project works with children and young people with
disabilities and their families.
Action for Children runs over 120 services in Wales, supporting
over 15,000 of the most vulnerable and neglected children, young
people and their families in local communities.