Grasp your chance at Outward Bound with Gloucestershire police
A youngster from Stroud who took part in a bursary scheme organised by the Outward Bound Trust and Gloucestershire Police is urging other young people, teachers and parents to find out more about the initiative at a special event at Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham on Saturday.
Earlier this year 18-year-old Nathan Huggings went on the five day course designed to help young people develop social and leadership skills.
He will be at the event on Saturday to encourage others to nominate other young people they think would benefit from the scheme.
“It was excellent. The best experience I’ve ever had. I climbed mountains I didn’t think I could climb, got involved with team exercises and we all got very close. We were like a family by the end.
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“It’s a huge confidence boost, meeting new people – it changes your perspective on things,” he said.
Nathan, who has been attending Stroud College and works at the town’s Home Bargains store as well as a local chip shop is now taking his time to consider his future career options and is encouraging others to nominate someone for the course.
“I’d say to others to grab it, grasp it and do it. It’s definitely worth doing. It’s just made me appreciate the outdoors and I’ve taken so much from it.”
Instructors will be on hand in Imperial Gardens between 10am and 4pm on Saturday (September 15) to offer taster sessions and tell people about the Trust.
Police and the Trust are now urging people in the community to nominate potential participants ahead of next February’s course.
Those who traditionally gain a spot are selected because they have great potential but may not be achieving it for a variety of reasons.
Alan Hoar, of Gloucestershire Outward Bound Trust, said: “This event is the chance for parents, teachers and youngsters to come and find out all about our work and have some fun in the process.
“People will be able to take part in activities and team building exercises led by skilled instructors and investigate typical learning outcomes for students. You can also meet past participants and hear about their experiences and the fun they had.
“Outward Bound isn’t an activity holiday though. It really is about outdoor learning and individual development and has the power to change people’s lives.”
PC Nikki Dannatt, of Gloucestershire Police’s Schools Unit said: “We’ve had some great successes on our bursary scheme in the past.
“This is about unlocking the potential of these youngsters, giving them a sense of self-worth and a new focus.
“As a police force it’s really important we are involved in this and encourage youngsters to play a positive role in society.“
Chief Superintendent Nigel Avron will be attending the event between 11am and 12pm.
More information on the Outward Bound Trust and what they have to offer can be found at Outwardbound.org.uk