Paddle power for young people in Kidlington
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Ellee, Yasmin and Paige work together on the canoe day
Thanks to a generous £1,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund, 13 young people from Kidlington have learned to keep afloat on a canoe adventure day.
Organised by the Bicester and Kidlington Early Intervention Hub, the activity day taught the trainee canoeists, aged nine to 18, how to get out on the water and paddle full speed ahead from their starting point at Riverside activities centre, operated by Oxfordshire County Council.
The Bicester and Kidlington Early Intervention Hub is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its second year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.
As well as enjoying being out on the river, the team worked together while on dry land to learn the basics of canoeing including safety, clothing, equipment and how to enter and exit the canoe.
Richard Savage, from the Bicester and Kidlington Early Intervention Hub, said: “We equip young people with adequate life skills and promote healthy living and physical activities.
“We are very grateful for the donation from Sanctuary to fund the activity day, which has boosted the young people’s self-esteem, strengthening their community, and hopefully encouraging their participation in future opportunities.”
Sanctuary’s housing officer, Kok-fai Lo, who volunteered to staff the team day, added: “It was a lovely day for all involved. The young people were truly engaged in their activities, working together and communicating with their tutors.
“They came away buzzing with excitement from their adventure and the new skills they learnt.”
The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.
The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.
For details on how to apply, contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or firstname.lastname@example.org