Summer Trek through the Surrey Hills helps young people bond
A group of young volunteers from the National Citizens Service (NCS) and The Challenge recently supported young people from Guildford’s halow project on a Llama trek with Surrey Hills Llama’s.
The group started with an enjoyable lunch together – giving them the chance to get to know one another before the trek. Each halow young person was ‘buddies’ with a volunteer from the NSC and together they completed the trek through the beautiful Surrey countryside.
The NCS volunteers comprised 13 teenagers who attend schools in the area. They had previously visited halow in Guildford where they started thinking about disability and labels and discussing their experiences and perceptions of young people with a disability.
Hannah Adair, halow community fundraiser commented: “This trek was a wonderful opportunity for halow young people and the NCS volunteers to interact, bond and learn from each other. We are very grateful to all those who gave their time and helped us.
“I would also like to acknowledge Julie at Surrey Hills Llamas for being so helpful and hugely supportive taking time to ensure each group of young people felt comfortable and enjoyed their day. It was wonderful to see some of the halow young people overcome their initial fears of the llamas and really enjoy the trek as their confidence and enjoyment grew,” Adair added.
The halow project is a Guildford-based charity committed to supporting young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. From its community based social activities and learning programmes, to its 1:1 personalised support via its Buddy service, halow helps young people to gain confidence, skills and be supported to live as independently as possible.
If you would like to make a donation, refer a young person or require further information, please visit: www.halowproject.org.uk or call 01483 447 960.
halow is a young, vibrant, organisation that works with young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability, communication difficulty or special need with varying degrees of severity. halow is passionate that the people it supports have the right to expect the same life experiences and opportunities as any other young person. Find out more at www.halowproject.org.uk