Volunteering has been at the core of Positive Youth Foundation since its inception and this summer just proved how influential our volunteers or as we call them “Youth Leaders” can be.
On Friday 3rd August we brought 20 youth leaders on a residential up to a small village in the Lake District called Shap. This would not only be “home” for the next 4 days but also the setting for character building, as we were about to take on the Total Warrior 10k obstacle assault course. On the Saturday morning the whole group walked deep into the countryside where we were greeted by the Total Warrior events team. The group was split into 2 teams, where one team would be volunteering on the course, supporting all of the participants and events crew whilst the other team would be preparing to take on the challenge of running the 10k race. Day two would see these roles reverse.
Within the group was a mix of boys and girls who had never taken on a challenge like this before, which brought a weekend of trials and tribulations. Needless to say there was huge celebrations all around when every PYF young person completed the course. Not only this but they were praised again and again for the genuine care and amazing energy that they brought to the weekend through their volunteering.
The event organiser Miranda Morgan said: “we have never had so much energy at this event before, I think Positive Youth Foundation have shown us how influential young volunteers can be, to creating an amazing atmosphere”.
The feat of completing at 10k obstacle race is an amazing achieve and a real test of fitness but what stood out even more was how active all of the volunteers were whilst they were out volunteering and supporting the events team out on the course. Every young person who volunteered completed between 14,000 – 27,000 steps within an 8 hours volunteering day.
Here are some of the quotes from our youth leaders when asked what their thoughts were before and after the weekend:
“I never thought I would finish it”
“I thought I was going to quit after the first obstacle”
“It was so fun volunteering at the fire pit”
“It was thought trying to motivate everyone over such a long day but it was fun at the same time”
“Yes I would do it again! but I think I’d want to train a bit for it next time”
Returning to Coventry on a high, the group of youth leaders have continued to volunteer on a daily basis throughout the summer, spreading the energy and enthusiasm back into their own communities.
Throughout the summer this group have volunteered over 100 hours and worked towards achieving Bronze and Silver UK Youth Achievement Awards for their contribution to social action within their communities.