Wednesday night is Duke of Edinburgh and music night at FYA. But last Wednesday was a special night. As well as hearing presentations from the Silver D of E group, the latest Bronze team received their certificates and the Mayor, Fran Sutton, announced a grant of £8,200 for the club.
Since Cheshire West and Chester has withdrawn from providing foundation grants, many youth clubs in the borough have struggled. In Frodsham we are lucky that the Town Council has stepped in to provide a vital foundation grant. For every £1 that the Council grants, the club raises £4 to ensure we have one of the most active clubs in the region. But without the Council’s grant the club would close.
Fran said: “The Council is very happy to support all the great activities that go on at the club. I wish we could give more! Tonight’s presentations just show what our young people can do given the chance.”
Here are some of the Bronze award winners:
The silver expedition includes three days of walking and two overnight camps. It was cold and wet, a real challenge and the phrase “character building” was ever present. The participants really grew with the experience, became a team, dealt with ups and downs and did it all in good spirit. None of the teams admitted to being lost at any point but merely confused at times! Here is one team during their presentation.
The club can offer the award scheme at a fraction of the normal cost and make it accessible to everybody. This is possible because of the volunteers we have, led by Paul Nichols who is in charge of the expeditions. But we also need to thank parents and trustees who made it possible, particularly Gary Berthels, who was involved in route planning, transport and check point manning on every day.
Here is Paul telling the audience that filled the hall how he grew to know and like the group that had started out appearing to be an annoying group of noisy teenagers. But he was also making a serious point. Yes, D of E does look good on your CV, but there is a reason: it shows you can make a commitment, do something difficult, experience becoming a team in adverse conditions. As Paul says, it is character building!