Sleep out for the homeless
After a very successful Big Sleep Out for the homeless a couple of weeks ago, some of the hardy group that braved a cold night under the stars headed over to Elizabeth House ( a local Framework provision for the homeless) to hand over the money and items the students had collected as part of their Big Sleep Out.
All in all, they handed over:
- £460 in sponsorship
- several bags (and a suitcase) of clothes and shoes
- a Christmas hamper full of chocolate and other goodies
During the handover (at which the Nottingham Post sent a reporter/photographer attended) the students chatted to the Framework staff to learn more about homelessness (causes and ways to support homeless people) and got to see a little glimpse of the accommodation and services Framework provide. It’s clear that Framework provide valuable resources to some of the most vulnerable in society, so it was a real pleasure to do our little bit to help them. We’re hoping that this is just the start of something longer term i.e. we hope to make the Sleep Out for Framework an annual event at our school.
So, once again, I’d like to say a BIG well done to the students who took part in the sleep out and visited Elizabeth House, and of course… a BIG thank you to everyone who sponsored the students or sent in clothes / shoes.
Taking shelter from the Go Outdoors
The Derrymount Adventure School has been running for half a term so far and the students who chose this as one of the KS4 options have enjoyed a range of activities so far, including:
- Cooking a range of meals and snacks using our fire pit
- Learning the necessary knife skills to be able to split wood, make tent pegs and whittle
- Learning knots and lashings and making simple structures
- Putting up a range of tents
- Making shelters using a tarpaulin
- Soft archery and slacklining
The students have also worked hard to help clear and expand the Adventure School area.
A slight weather worry
Despite the successes of our first half term running this new Adventure School option, Andrew and I (we conceived and run the Adventure option) had a slight worry in the back of our minds about how we might keep running when the weather turns against us. You see, whilst it might be our every wish to keep taking the young people outdoors for their dose of fresh air and ‘green time’ – a natural therapy we get from a connection to nature – we are aware of the practicalities and pragmatic issues that arise when the weather is wet and cold.
We had managed to put some tarps up before, but they were less than adequate as they kept pooling water and being ripped down by the weight of the water.
We had also begged some small canvas frame shelters and these gave us some protection over the elements over the fire pit area.
But providing a larger sheltered area was still our aim.
Go Outdoors to the rescue
You can imagine the relief and appreciation then when our local Go Outdoors store in Arnold supplied us with a large ‘reject’ tunnel that was destined for the scrap heap (or recycling, I hope). The saying ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’ comes to mind as we now have a large sheltered space that will enable us to keep our Adventure School ‘outdoors’ through the winter and allow us to even sleep out over the winter – the students are so keen to try a winter survival camp when the weather turns cold; a real sign of just how much our students are enjoying and relishing their time outside doing something new.
Roll on the DofE season – we plan to put our first groups through the Bronze Award – and plenty of more Adventure School opportunities.
Thanks to Go Outdoors, our students can all now ‘go outdoors’ whatever the weather.
On the 4th October 2017 Carlton Digby School will be hosting a Transition event.
Over 25 agencies have been invited to provide information about services available post school such as colleges, day services and many many more.
They would like to invite upper school pupils along to the event and also invite the parents to join them (either with the group or on their own). They are opening the event to neighbouring schools from 12:30- 2:00pm.