YPDG BLOG: MAY

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! May has been our first full month of in person sessions and we have been very busy.

At the start of the month, we worked on the quiz in preparation for Saturday, making sure that everything worked by trialling the quiz on Kahoot and also deciding which scavenger hunts we were going to do in between rounds. We also decided how we were going to score different rounds so that there would be a clear winner at the end. It was really fun to trial the quiz as a group and we discovered that the first round which was famous cats and dogs was very hard for us.

On the 8th May we held our quiz over zoom. It was a very successful evening where we managed to raise £270 so thank you to everyone who donated. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope that everyone who joined us did too.

On May 11th we were joined by Simon who is helping us put in an application to the National Heritage Fund. We spoke about the positives and negatives of Great Grimsby, as well as how we could use funding so that Grimsby’s heritage is always present as we move into the future with Horizon Youth Zone. The fishing industry is a huge part of Grimsby’s heritage, but we also looked into characteristics that Grimbarians have such as the pride for their town and also how central football is to Grimsby. We also thought about how we would make sure that Grimsby’s heritage is incorporated into Horizon Youth Zone with some of our ideas being a timeline in the Youth Zone and using time capsules for future young people to look at.

May 18th: Louise took this session and we focused on the fundraising side of the Youth Zone. We found out a lot more about the process of asking businesses to invest into Horizon and the importance of us as a group sharing our stories and talking to businesses. Also, we thought of some businesses which we would like to be involved with Horizon Youth Zone and discussed potential events for investors to come such as a bowling night.

During our last session of the month we were joined by Jason and Lauren from Orsted, for this session and they did a team-building exercise with us. 2 members of the group had to get dressed into full uniform that people wear when going up wind turbines and the other members of the group had to work together to help each other and make sure that everything was correct. To make it more fun, we were split into two groups to make it a race. The uniform was very heavy to wear and it included safety clips, a harness and a life jacket. It was a really fun experience which required teamwork and communication. As well as this activity, we were told more about Orsted as a company and about the many different jobs that they have. We are all looking forward to future opportunities with Orsted such as meeting them again at the end of June.

We hope you enjoyed reading what we have been up to in May and we hope to see you in a month so you can hear about our progress in June.