Swiis South Region recently hosted three exciting and fun activity and participation days, which allowed young people from across the region to enjoy new and interesting experiences.

Half-term fun at Decoy Country ParkOur first day took us to the Science Museum in London after the original plan to have a picnic and ride pedal boats in Hyde Park was cancelled due to bad weather. At the museum, we had lunch before watching a stunning IMAX movie filmed from the International Space Station. We also had a look around the museum, which has fantastic exhibitions on medicine, space and engineering. One young person impressed us with all kinds of facts he knew about cars and planes.

The second event took place at Decoy Country Park in Newton Abbot, Devon, where we had a picnic and a go at kayaking. After everyone had changed into wetsuits, we went out in our kayaks and paddled around the beautiful lake. Some of the young people were a little wary of the water and the movements of the kayaks in the beginning, but they all gave it a go. Soon enough, everyone was out on the water paddling by themselves, showing a lot of confidence and skill. We had a couple of races around the buoys and later jumped in the water for a swim. After a long session, we had worked up an appetite and enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine. Well done to all the young people for overcoming your initial fear of the water and being so brave. You all did brilliantly!

Our last and biggest event was at Thorpe Park, where 50 carers, young people and children enjoyed a day trying out all the different rides and getting together to catch up over lunch. Many in our group were brave enough to face the biggest and wildest rides such as ‘Saw’, ‘Stealth’ and ‘The Swarm’. There was a lot of screaming and some of us looked a little pale after going on Derren Brown’s terrifying ‘Ghost Train’ where we met zombies and other scary creatures. ‘The Tidal Wave’ soaked everyone from head to toe, but luckily it was a warm and sunny day, so no one minded getting wet. A few young people showed great confidence and independence by going on the rides on their own, finding their way through the park and dealing well with the long queues.

Everyone commented on what a brilliant and fun day it was. We are already looking forward to our upcoming events in the October half term!