YPDG Blog: November

Hi, welcome to our blog. We are the Young people’s Development Group (YPDG). We are young people who have come together to help create Horizon Youth Zone in Grimsby. This blog is to keep a log of our progress and achievements as we continue to work towards the opening of Horizon Youth Zone and the many opportunities that it will bring.

Welcome back! November was an exciting month where we continued to diversify our sports experience by trying new sports in the sports sessions.

Following on from the October blog, in our first session of November we filmed for the National Lottery Heritage Fund application which we had prepared for in the previous week. Everyone recorded small clips which were then put together to make a video and then added to our application to the National Heritage Lottery fund. We were also treated to some cupcakes with the Horizon logo on them and pizza.

In the next meeting, we looked again at the Horizon leaflet and critiqued it as a whole group this time. Some of the criticisms we had were that the colours were too dark, so it was hard to read, there was too much writing, so it wasn’t really aimed at young people and the social media logos were not in the right colours. To change the leaflet, we proposed that we use bold colours and use bullet points instead of big blocks of text so that young people can read it more easily.

Izzy and Kieran did a presentation to Grimsby engineering firm Allied Protek which went really well, and they have now become a founder patron of Horizon Youth Zone. You can read more about this in a blog.

Later in the month, we were joined by a lady from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Fund. She talked to us about her conservation work and told us about sand dunes which is especially relevant to Cleethorpes beach. We were also informed about a grant opportunity which we could apply for where we would get £500 in order to help spread awareness and help the sand dunes problem. It was really interesting to hear about her career journey and we were inspired by her so much that we are looking to apply for the grant and then start a project to help the sand dunes on Cleethorpes beach. We were thinking of some ways we could use the grant and some ideas were to clean the beach and sand dunes, making TikTok videos and creating nature trails. She showed us a presentation on her career journey which included lots of wild camping in different locations including the Amazon rainforest and she also did a study on elephants.

We hope you enjoyed reading about what we have been up to in November and hope to see you in December for our last entry for this year.