A group from the Lads Club visited Challenge 4 Change in Trafford Park this week. They had a great time, its quite a challenge to negociate the high level walkways suported on a slender harness, but we had plenty of dare devils willing to give it a go.
We were thrilled to contribute to this year’s Sport Relief. We took part in a challenge with BBC North West tonight, where 3 charities funded by Comic Relief climbed Skafell Pike in The Lake district. Dennis Lewtas one of our senior volunteer team, took part and is pictured during the climb.
Dennis and Archie Swift were also on BBC 5Live yesterday morning interviewed by Adrian Childs. If you would like to make a donation please go to https://www.sportrelief.com/
During November we have been taking part in a pilot crowdfunding project with Comic Relief. The aim is to try out new forms of fundraising. Along with 15 other organisations supported by the Comic Relief Core Strength programme we have put together a campaign based around our amazing volunteer team. The campaign runs until 29th November.
200 seventeen year olds have been in the club for the past 2 days as part of Salford Foundation’s NCS programme. The National Citizen Service is very popular and this year the group have included new activities. SUMO (shut up and move on!) is aimed at developing confidence in young people, the introduction to boxing is about challenging yourself, and the first aid is about personel survival skills and helping others.
The volunteer team at the club have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. Between them they have have contributed over 600 years volunteering. Club president Anthony Groves great, great gandson of one of the original founders commented “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service formally recognises the team’s contributions at the very highest level. Their phenomenal work has ensured that the original vision of James and William Groves lives on today as one of the most successful and oldest, charitable youth establishments in the world”
200 young people from Salford and Trafford have been in the club this week, taking part in the National Citizenship Programme. The course was provided by the Salford Foundation and included first aid, self-defence and skill based workshops about community projects. The workshops were supported by the St Johns Ambulance, ForViva and the self-defence by Salford Lads Club.
Ordsall Community Arts Annual Lantern parade passed by the club last night. Lantern bearers Sue and Marie pose with a watering can from the themed event which this year celebrated the new Ordsall Community Allotment on Tatton Street. Lantern workshops were held at the club with Kidzwidreamz and the Girls Club, and club members Rory and Ellis volunteered as part of the event.
The kidzwidreams club had a couple of special events this week, before the summer holidays. Parents came along to see their children awarded prizes and certificates. The club starts again in the autumn after the school holidays.
90 young people from Salford took part in a circus skills workshop in the main gym today led by artists from Circus Sensible. This was part of the National Citizenship Service programme organised by the Salford Foundation. The group had just returned from a residential in the Yorkshire Dales.
The club spent an evening at Challenge 4 Change courtesy of the GMP. The police provided two minibuses, along with support from our local policeman Craig Phoenix. Our intrepid group of lads and volunteers took part in all manner of challenges including the aerial walkway. Back at the club the whole Salford Division of GMP attended a presentation by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Sir Peter Fahy.