Helping young people branch out

Published 11 March 2022

WDH work with partners to deliver a series of activities to help young people engage in education, promote community interaction, and prevent youth offending.

The programme, called Branching Out, is delivered alongside Wakefield Council, the Youth Work team, Wakefield Youth Offending team and our grounds maintenance contractor, Tivoli Group and is aimed at giving young people aged 11 to 17 a unique outdoor learning experience over five days.

Referrals to the programme are made through various partners and are prioritised for those who are at risk of disengaging from education.

A group of young people took part in the programme during spring half term and got involved in activities designed to help improve their resilience, increase their confidence, and build their teamwork skills. These included tubing, paddle boarding, wall climbing, kayaking, go karting and a ramble around Malham Cove.

The challenges also help promote good physical and mental health, improve social skills, encourage investing time back into the community and raise their aspirations. The group took part in bike rides around Anglers Country Park, white water rafting, and working within the local community as part of a social action day, where the young people bedded plants to help make communities more vibrant.

Sharon Poole, Social Inclusion Manager said: “We are always delighted to be part of Branching Out. It is a great example of positive partnership working in the local area to improve young people’s mental and physical wellbeing of those who need it the most. The programme delivers an exciting outdoor learning environment which is different to what they may be used to and provides lots of fun but challenging activities to get the participants thinking about their future aspirations and building on their confidence, the week was a resounding success once again.”


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