Mansfield residents are ‘bowled’ over by celebration day

Seven residents living at our charity’s supported accommodation in Mansfield made some great memories last week as they enjoyed a day of bowling fun at the local lanes.

The outing to Super Bowl bowling alley, in Mansfield, marked the concluding celebration day of a ten-week Outdoor Education programme led by YMCA Robin Hood Group’s Outdoor and Adventure Service Manager, Gavin Barker.

Funded by ‘The Danielle Beccan Memorial Fund’ through The Zone Youth Project, the programme was designed to help get formerly homeless young residents moving to boost their health, wellbeing and team-building skills through educational and engaging activities.

Gavin was joined by YMCA Housing’s Youth Engagement Officer Grace Spence for the expedition, during which residents were on top form as they scored lots of strikes and spares on the lanes.

Gavin explained: “The ten-week programme has covered a variety of activities each geared towards expanding our residents’ life horizons through helping to build everything from friendships and communication skills to coordination and physical fitness. 

“Bowling was a lovely and engaging way to conclude our sessions, and it was great to see how far the participants have come since the beginning of their journey at the start of the programme. We are truly grateful to The Danielle Beccan Memorial Fund for making this  experience possible for our residents who have benefitted greatly from accessing bespoke support from people who believe in their potential.”​​​​​​​

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