The May Newsletter Week Ending 11/5/2018

The May Newsletter Week Ending 11/5/2018

Not sure what it is like where you are, but it would blow your head off here in Larne this morning! The pathway is showered with cherry blossom petals with the odd tin can rattling across the car park in the south easterly breeze; inside it is quiet, calm and coffee is on tap (thanks to Veronica) so let’s have a quick review of this week at Larne YMCA…
The Bank Holiday weekend got off to a fun start with a youth club outing on Saturday to Tayto Park where 30 young people plus staff had a long day of fun in the sun. Sincere compliments to Tayto Park staff who were so geared up for group visits with all those practical things (separate queue for groups, floating first aiders etc) all taken care of so all our ones had to do was enjoy themselves – what could be better! Even with all the attractions there was plenty of time to relax and enjoy a (quished) sandwich lunch together before another bout of activity on the rides. Back to base and evening youth sessions included truffle making, young men’s dvd night (with plenty of conversations), art, outside play and a chance to provide support to those doing exams, so plenty of chat and chilling out. We also had a youth club staff meeting to look at summer plans, fundraising etc and say a final goodbye to Darren. Next week there’ll be the first of 2 themed nights organised by the Senior Committee – next week’s is a Green/Outdoor Night so plenty of outdoor activities no matter what the weather!!!
Our Autism Support Project welcomes Shellby Rossborough to the staff team after the recent recruitment exercise; Shellby brings her artistic skills, youth work experience and unwavering commitment to the project and it is great to have her on board. Activities in Dixon Park  are big favourite with the group and it is great to see them exploring and enjoying the outdoor space, letting off steam, relaxing or just pottering about. The team are making programme plans for the next few months in consultation with the young people so it will be interesting to see what materialises.
Play is the core of our After Schools project and it is amazing to take a few minutes out to observe just what goes on in a free play session – yesterday we had a mini football game, some sort of wrestling challenge with huge foam cushions and two intrepid explorers who were crossing the sea in a boat (it looked like half a turtle shell) landing on a desert island (the other half of the turtle shell) to dig for treasure – great imagination, plenty of activity and lots of fun together. Some children also had a visit to the local museum to see some exhibits and art on display – again it is great to have this facility on our doorstep for a quick visit every so often. A big thank you to Gracie, who attends our After Schools project and who commandeered the camera yesterday afternoon to snap a few pics of the play session and, as the evidence shows, what a good job she did – could be a case for delegation here!
So that is all for now, folks; thank you for your interest and we hope that you enjoy your weekend, whatever plans you have.