Shooting Star Chase’s teenage youth groups enjoyed a trip to Woodlarks recently – and they had a whale of a time!
Twelve teenagers aged 13-20 arrived in Farnham at the residential activity centre for people with disabilities on Friday 10th July accompanied by Shooting Star Chase staff, and kicked off the weekend with a BBQ in the sun.
The young people, who are all cognitively able and have life-limiting conditions, attend youth groups at either Christopher’s or Shooting Star House. Throughout their stay they took part in lots of activities and had non-stop fun – which included a scavenger hunt, swimming, crafts, a colour paint fight, team-building games and quizzes, a water fight, and pizza and candyfloss-making – all before making their way home on Sunday 12th.
The weekend is an annual event for Shooting Star Chase and is free for our supported young adults, enabling them to be away from their family for a short time and gain some independence. The teenagers enjoy the accessible facilities the site has to offer throughout their stay, such as hoisted swimming and the wheelchair-friendly grounds and woods, which they explored in groups. They are also given the chance to make their own meals (and do the washing up!).
Pam Parker, a Physiotherapist at Christopher’s who organised the weekend away, said: “We’ve been going away for the weekend with our teenagers for six years now and Woodlarks is such a fantastic facility. It’s the perfect place for our young adults to have the freedom to be teenagers and experience a bit of independence – some for the first time. The colour paint fight was particularly popular as they all seemed to love throwing the bright powder at the staff! And it was brilliant to see the older teenagers supporting the younger ones in the group, even with little things like how to best maneuver their wheelchairs down hills and encouraging them to come out of their shell.”
The Shooting Star Chase youth groups meet once a month and offers teenagers with life-limiting illnesses the opportunity to spend time with others their own age, doing activities they enjoy despite their condition or ability.