If they cannot find a 17 seat minibus on the Island they will have to hire one on the mainland and bring it over here only to go back again.
Every year SWAY takes about 26 young people aged between 11-16, together with leaders, up to the lakes for 5 days to experience various activities such as camping, climbing, and gorge walking.
Over the 5 days they set and achieve goals, learn to work together and discover their place within a team, discover new abilities, hidden talents and maybe some weaknesses.
They experience the ‘give and take’ of communal living, sharing accommodation, eating together, and learning to compromise and cooperate, often outside their comfort zone and in a beautiful environment with an added appreciation of the weather. Most of all, they have fun, which is often missing in these young peoples’ lives.
SWAY has found that many young people don’t leave the local area for holidays or attend school trips mostly due to lack of finances, experience, self-belief, and confidence. This residential builds positive and life changing experiences for young people by giving them a sense of community, belonging, and place.
The need for a memorable experience has been emphasised by the situation over the last year.
Andy Dorning, Lead Youth Worker says:
“We are in desperate need of a 17 seat minibus to enable the group, leaders and equipment to get us up to Keswick. Ryde School has generously offered one, but we need two for the whole group. Normally organisations and schools are able to lend us their buses in holiday time but I think Covid has made people nervous.
“We would ensure that the minibus is cleaned down properly before we hand it back. I would be really grateful if anyone felt able to help us out.”
The dates of the SWAY’s residential are 1st August – 7th August. To find out more about SWAY go to www.southwightyouth.org or to contact Andy Dorning, he can be reached via the SWAY Office at [email protected]