Phase 1 Monday Morning seems like a life time ago with the amount of leaping, jumping, swinging, sunshine and laughs we had. I think everyone including myself was nervous about how the week would pan out and praying for sunshine. Well we have been blessed with some incredible moments of courage, inspiration and laughter.
As the coaches left and we made our 4 hour trip up to Kingswood in Hexham the only thing we left behind were a member our dignities, so no major issues.
The Monday was very quiet but bubbling with anticipation as the young people found their feet. We partook in various activities, designed to increase team work and break the ice.
We all woke up on Tuesday with some people excited/nervous about what the day would entail. Team 6 started the morning with Abseiling which most of the participants were quite apprehensive about. Joshua who was and still is very scared of heights, was very adamant that he was not going to go up. Shannon who was also very scared, agreed to go up if Joshua did it with her. They both took up the challenge and together they abseiled down with smiles on their faces.
Team 4 commented that their teamwork and communication had improved massively over the first week. They had their tough moments and disagreements but in the end they had all gelled together and made some ‘sound new mates’.
The first full day was tiring but it was an amazing start to our NCS journey.
Wednesday started with another beautiful day, despite some tired faces coming out from their hiding places. Some of the young people started to find their feet and confidence was building throughout the teams. Tina who was scared of heights and new experiences was one of these young people. She felt confident enough by Wednesday to take part in the zip wire and climbing activities with the support from her team. I know Mary (Team Leader), Jason (Team mentor) and team 8 were hugely proud of her.