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There’s ‘snow way’ it will stop us

Heavy snow and freezing temperatures failed to spoil the fun for a group of Looked after Children from Warwickshire on a weekend residential to Wales.

The group of 14 to 17-year-olds were accompanied by youth workers from Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service on the three-day activity break at Marle Hall Outdoor Education Centre in Wales (8 to 10 January).

They took part in a number of team-building activities and were fortunate enough to take part in cross-country skiing and sledging, taking full advantage of the snow.

The trip was arranged as part of the county council’s Wright2bCared4 project, which offers opportunities to improve life chances for looked after children by providing more stability and increasing their educational attainment and employment prospects.

Under the scheme, 14 to 18-year-olds in the county’s care have access to respite residential activity schemes such as Marle Hall and Kingsbury Water Park Outdoor Activity Centre, help with finding suitable accommodation, use of independent services from Barnado’s and the services of a designated Placement Support Youth Worker.

Anna Stowe, District Youth and Community Worker for Warwickshire County Council, said: “The young people really enjoyed themselves on this residential and the snow only gave them more opportunities to try things they may not have otherwise done, and make friends with others they may never have met.

“It also provides them with a chance to let their hair down, while learning essential skills such as team-building and increasing self-esteem. At the same time, it gives foster carers respite.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Vulnerable young people need stability in their life, and Wright2bCared4 works with them and their foster carers to help achieve that with support and respite such as this residential in Wales.

“The project also highlights Warwickshire’s continued commitment to narrowing the gaps between outcomes of looked after children and those raised by their own families.”

To find out more about Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/youthandcommunity.