YPDG Blog: August

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! August was an eventful month, so we hope you enjoy reading about it.

The first session of the month was on the 3rd, so the group was split as some members were still in Scotland on expedition. Harriet and I were lucky enough to be at base camp (in Scotland) on this night, so Mark suggested that we call the group. It was lovely to speak to the group and tell them about what we had been up to so far. The group had been busy back in Grimsby as they were preparing for the trip to see the Wind of Hope vessel.

In the next session of the month, the group was reunited! We had lots to catch up on including the trip to Scotland and the Wind of Hope visit (which you can read about in a separate blog.) Our expedition in Scotland was amazing and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It pushed us to our limits and was very tiring, but we made life-long friends and learnt things about ourselves which we will take with us for the rest of our lives. We then moved on to discuss a residential to the lake district which was happening next week. This residential was for the young ambassador’s group for Onside and a few members of Horizon went as well. We did some work on what makes a good ambassador, different traits Onside ambassadors should have and examples of these traits within our group.

A few members of the YPDG were interviewed by GI media about Horizon youth zone so that we could further make everyone aware about the youth zone and encourage people to get involved. As some members of the group were in the lake district on a residential, we didn’t have a meeting one week. In another meeting, we discussed negative comments and how we need to change people’s perceptions of the youth of Grimsby. Also, we prepared for our bowls competition next week and the group told us about their residential which sounded amazing and so much fun.

Our final session for the month was very fun as we took part in a bowls tournament. There were 3 teams in the tournament. The mayor and mayoress of Grimsby came down to the tournament and we spoke to them about Horizon youth zone as well as talking to members of the bowls clubs about it. It was an enjoyable tournament and Rachel (a member of the YPDG) won the special player of the tournament award.

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and we hope to see you soon to hear about what we’ve been doing in September.