On Saturday, we had a great group of 20 kids come to Minnowburn as part of a multi ethnic cross-community project known as the Creating Cohesive Community Project. We split the group in 2 and led them on a couple of different activities.
Mick took one group to the wood by the Minnowburn River and got them involved in few things such as building a shelter, a bit of fire safety, foraging and making some hot chocolate as well, all as part of the outdoor nature programme. While this was going on, I took the other group around the sculpture trail and showed them various trees (including those with the same name as my own..) and plants and explained a bit about them. The kids collected lots of little souvenirs along the way like oak leaves and hazelnuts, ate some blackberries and made wishes while sitting on top of the terrifying dragon.
Mick and I swapped the groups over when we’d finished the trail and then off we went, once again. Unfortunately, the second time around it was a lot harder to find any blackberries because the first group were so good at finding them! When we got the groups back together the kids were all a little tired, so we all had a few slices of pizza from the Piccolo Mondo pizza van which everyone enjoyed. To finish the day off we went for a gallop in the meadow above the Minnowburn pond.
Finally, I’d just like to thank Ann Marie, the project coordinator, as well as Vaishali and Tony, the youth workers, the project volunteers and of course the kids themselves for all making the day so enjoyable.