NTUS Second Residential
During the half term holidays, from Monday 15 to Friday 19 of February, the second residential of our Not The Usual Suspects took place in the Maes y lade centre in the Brecon Beacons. A group of 20 young people and 10 leaders participated in the residential.
We arrived at the centre on Monday evening and after dinner, some games were organised to get to know everyone.
Tuesday was our first Adventure Day. The participants were divided into two groups: The first group went onto a hiking trip onto the mountain Twmpa in the Black Mountains. Due to snowy and windy conditions it was an exhausting way up but on top we were remunerated with a stunning view onto the landscape all around. Back in the centre, we tried out doing archery and held a small competition in between the group.
Meanwhile, the second group went onto a caving trip in the cave Porth yr Ogof in the waterfall country in the Brecon Beacons. Equipped with waterproof clothes, helmets and torches, they explored the cave by crawling through narrow passages and completing different challenges. A wet and cold but unforgettable experience!
In the evening a workshop was organised during which the young people had to discuss different questions about politics, such as “If you were a politician, what would you change?”.
On Wednesday morning we drove to Cardiff to take part in a session at the National Assembly of Wales. Kelly Harris and Iestyn Lewis from the Welsh Assembly gave us an insight into the Welsh political/ governmental system and explained us which politicians are responsible for queries in different areas. At the end of the session, we visited the plenary in the Senedd. Afterwards, the young people had some free time to explore the area of Cardiff Bay.
In the evening Jolie Davies, one of our young leaders, organised a quiz to help fundraise money for her StreetGames project in Rio de Janeiro this summer. During this project, she will work with young people in some of the most deprived areas during the Olympic Games to deliver sport and cultural work into Rio’s favelas.
Thursday was our second Adventure Day. While one group conquered the top of the mountain Twmpa, the other one explored the Porth yr Ogof cave. After dinner, the last workshop about politics was held. Our office trainee Trystan delivered a session by the organisation Bite the ballot which aims to raise the young people’s awareness about the importance of voting.
Before leaving the centre on Friday morning, we played Lasertag and organised a competition between 4 groups on the yard of the centre. Around noon, we drove back home. We had a great week and we are looking forward to the next residential!