Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Herd Farm adventure for young disabled people






(Top) Dayle Walker showing off his BMX-ing skills

(Middle)Caleb Burbridge (left) and Salym Sharif (right) giving the thumbs up as they are now ready for action.

(Bottom)Luke Wilson having reached the top of the ‘leap of faith’ after climbing the pole.


A group of young people with disabilities enjoyed an action packed weekend away from home at Leeds’ very own Herd Farm Activity Centre.

The 13 young people aged 10 to 17 years old who have a range of disabilities, took part in the fun and educational activities at the Leeds City Council run facility in north Leeds, to help them develop new skills, make new friends and have fun and exciting new
experiences.

The trip, which for many of the young people was their first time away from home, was part of a series of residential visits being made available to young people with disabilities through the council’s short breaks funding.

The group took part in a range of fun and educational team building challenges throughout the weekend including climbing the ‘crate stack’, riding the giant swing into the valley, trying out a range of adapted bikes on a new accessible bike track and trying their hand at archery. The young people also enjoyed singing and dancing when not taking part in the outdoor activities.

Ian Jones, senior youth worker
"It was amazing to see the young people work together, make new friends, try new things and go away with happy faces."

Herd Farm, a Leeds City Council owned Grade 2 Listed building which has been converted into a 40 bed residential Activity Centre is set in 16 acres of countryside near Eccup Reservoir. The centre is fully accessible and provided the young people with a range of inclusive activities to suit all levels of ability.

Tony Edwards, Herd Farm centre manager said:
“As a Leeds City Council facility within the Youth Service it is really important we continue to develop Herd Farm as an accessible resource for targeted young people with additional needs. Experiences such as these funded through the Short Breaks Fund offer personal development and fun to young people who would not normally get the chance to partake in such opportunities”.

Herd Farm is keen to further develop links with more Leeds schools to offer the facilities to more Leeds young people.

Two more similar targeted residential experiences are planned for the New Year. For further details about these please ring Tony Edwards, Centre Manager on 0113 3930012.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk