Students brave elements in Bircham Newton orienteering challenge

NCS participants with their team leaders and the Tuesday community group volunteers. MLNF15EB03111 ANL-150104-133320001
NCS participants with their team leaders and the Tuesday community group volunteers. MLNF15EB03111 ANL-150104-133320001
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Braving what must have been the wildest weather for months, students aged 15-17 took part in an overnight orienteering challenge.

The event at CITB Bircham Newton on Monday and Tuesday had information sessions with volunteers from local community groups and organisations.

Co-ordinated by Matthew Bowles, from the National Citizen Service, the two-day event was designed to help build life skills through taking on new challenges and taking part in a team project that helps the community.

NCS teamleader Ella Fuller said; “This brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

“The young people here today come from the Lynn, Ely, Wisbech and Hunstanton areas and they will develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

“The overnight session was made more difficult by the high winds that caused tents to blow away and the participants learned a great deal about teamwork!”

Tuesday sessions were provided by, among others, the Trussell Trust, Shannen Wiles-VanDyke, Red Wellies, Hunstanton Lifeboat, the Stroke Association, Crossroads Care East Anglia (young adult carers), Genene Henshaw with guide dog Susan and Gill Southgate with guide dog Yazmin.