Between July 13th-16th 2017, PYF,embarked on a leadership residential to the Isle of Wight. Taking a group of 30 young people who had been involved in completing leadership accreditation’s and qualifications over the past year. Some of the young people on the trip had completed in excess of 100 hours of volunteering before coming with us to the Isle of Wight. The trip was an opportunity for them to utilise their new found skills in leadership and to also learn some brand new skills along the way. The trip was based at the Isle of Wight’s Rhythm Tree Festival, (a festival dedicated to world music and eclectic sound). The group were tasked in running their own tent, schedule in their own performance programme (including marketing) and encourage audience and crowd participation.
Whilst at the festival the young people were also invited to run a health kitchen called the Didge Café. At the Didge café they learnt skills in: creating and making vegan and vegetarian food, they learnt about organic produce and how to sell and market good food. On one day one volunteer created 150 portions of lentil curry, another volunteer learnt how to make spelt bread and humus from scratch.
In addition to the music festival, there were other opportunities; one group for example attended the Shanklin 6’s annual Island football tournament. Here they produced a 9 a side football team, which was run and managed by 3 young people on the trip. Whilst at the tournament others from the group cut up oranges and offered them to outside teams and spectators in an attempt to bring people together and show a random act of kindness.
In return one of the football teams, Ryde Saints FC, offered a training session to the group of young people to take place a day later on Ryde sea front. A training session in Beach Football!
Another highlight of the trip was visiting Rapanui (organic eco-friendly t-shirt company). Both PYF and Rapanui have links with supporting refugee aid. The visit was an opportunity to pick up a one of a kind t-shirt order that Rapanui had created for PYF ‘Involved’ programme. The t-shirt featured a newly designed logo with the words ‘increase the peace’, which they felt was akin to the PYF ethos. The young people were able to take a tour of the t-shirt making factory and quiz the workers on how the t-shirts were ethically made. The trip was a huge success with incredible amounts of feedback from both partner agencies/organisations and members of the public who commented on the groups positivity, energy and confidence.