One of the things we love to do here at Go4it! is give our families the opportunities to try something completely new that they may not be able to otherwise. To try new things and meet new people.
Over the summer holidays, families are always looking for something to do with the children as a whole family to keep them active, happy, off those game consoles or bored stiff in the house. So on Monday the 21st of August off we went with a lovely group from the Cynon area to Atlantic College in Llantwit Major.
The day did not start according to plan with the bus not turning up. We were in a bit of a pickle, fair play to everyone, especially the children remaining calm and optimistic, especially since Richard the Go4it! Coordinator was beginning to stress! We eventually found alternative transport to the venue albeit an hour late and quickly got started with the activities! Hardly any of our families had met each other before so it was perfect that our first group activity was team building and problem solving! We used the main sports hall in the College and the facilities were amazing, it’s no wonder why people travel from all over the world to attend this college. We had some lovely university students from Canada, who are at the College for 3 months on work experience as part of their degree helping the families and leading the activities.
After an hour and half of great bonding and fun it was time for lunch. It was great to see the families beginning to mix with each other over lunch, parents chatting and children playing. Then after everyone’s stomachs had settled it was time to hit the high ropes and climb some rocks and beams!! This was so much fun with some of the walls and beams were a real challenge for our children and youngsters and even some of the adults! Everyone had a go under the safe supervision of the staff, even some of the 3 year olds (it was very cute). All the families wrote down in the evaluation that the high ropes and rock climbing was something new that they had done together as a family, which is great to hear.
To finish off the day, which had been so great we went for a swim! It was just for half an hour but gave the families more time to relax and play together and with all of them being big fans of swimming it was the perfect way to end what was a perfect day! Reading through the evaluation forms has filled the team with great joy and pride that we’ve done a good job. One family said “Fabulous day out. Keep up the fab work” another said “The whole day was fab!” and another said “it was nice to get away for the day and give the children something new to try.” When we asked them if they could have done something like this without Go4it! most of the answers were no because of lack of funds and lack of knowledge of places like this for children to try. This proves that Go4it! have contributed in a positive way and giving families in need of support the chance for new experiences. Another added plus was that the families have now become friends with each other, some have exchanged numbers and others had met up in the days after the trip for some dog walking, another bonus of the project. We try new things and meet new people.