During the first week of the Easter holidays, Salmon had three days of activities for the 6-9’s, which revolved around the Easter story whilst incorporating lots of fun and games for all to enjoy. The young people were split into 4 teams: Blue Wolves, Green Hulks, Yellow Stars and Incredi-Reds, each led by one of the apprentices, my team being the Blue Wolves. The teams collected points over the days while taking part in games and competitions and they were also graded in each activity for good behaviour, effort and teamwork. Every morning there would be talk about the Easter story and what the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus really meant and it was so interesting to see the level of understanding that our young people have today about the true meaning of Easter.

In the afternoon the activities gave all the young people a chance to be involved and perhaps try something they hadn’t done before. Trampoline, run by James and Vicky, was a great start to my teams’ activities as they learnt new jumping techniques and styles, then moving on to fun games you could play with two people on the trampoline at once. This activity wore them out considerably, much alike climbing run by Razz and Jide, where all the young people tried their best to climb as high as they could with some who had never climbed the wall at Salmon reaching the top on their first go. There was also dance with Godiva and Ndidi where the young people learnt a routine before adding some of their own freestyles in little groups to make the pieces more personal.

Alongside these physical activities there was cooking, music, and art. In cooking with Em and Sam, each team member was given a piece of pitta bread which they then topped with tomato sauce and other various ingredients such as cheese, peppers and pineapple, making quick pizzas. They were also learning about the different food groups and how much of each group they should be eating a day. Art with Eugene and Daniel was making Easter baskets, colouring in lots of things to do with the Easter story then sticking them onto paper plate bags. They looked very creative and my team had a lot of fun in this session. However, their favourite session had to be music with Pete. The team were given percussion instruments and had to organise themselves into a band to come up with an anthem, which we wrote lyrics for and then filmed to show to the other teams.

All in all, Easter for the 6-9’s was a very productive and enjoyable experience, and it was so great to see many new faces that we hope to have back at Salmon during term time for our weekly clubs! 

Heather Barrett, Youth Work Apprentice (21)

Apprentices are young people who are gaining work experience while working on a Level 3 youth work qualification. They spend thirty-five hours a week for up to nine months at Salmon on a paid salary. This gives them access to higher education, which they previously would not have had, or it leads to the start of a career in youth work. The apprentices are very important to Salmon, as we get to invest a lot of time in them, helping them to grow on a personal, political, social and spiritual level. Also, as they are still young themselves, they are often very good at connecting with the young people we work with and a lot of young people look up to them.


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