Working For Arthog Outreach

The think about it – do it – make it better cycle

Another good couple of days working for Arthog Outreach, which has seen predominantly leading team building sessions, something I have come to realise I am exceedingly good at.

Year 3 / Year 4 Team Building
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys, alphabet to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

OAA Team Building Afternoon
We had four schools involved in afternoon of team building and climbing challenges and a mighty fine afternoon it was too. It was really nice to see the young people getting stuck into the activities and trying to do the best they could. Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time including the staff. Some were so impressed with our activity provision they have been in touch for us to run additional activities for them. A job well done in my opinion.

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

It’s good to be back in the grove for Arthog Outreach and this week, I have been leading canoeing and team building challenges, which despite my cold were very enjoyable with lots of smiling faces and laughter ringing in my ears!

Canoe and fungi forage

Canoeing With Year 4’s at Simpsons Pool
Although canoeing was the theme for these sessions it was used as a vehicle to deliver team building, confidence and co-operation. The teams worked to unload the canoes, built the super canoes, worked together to propel the canoes and then at the end of the session dismantled the super canoes and loaded the trailer. We played lots of games on the water, compass, fruit salad, thunder, speed challenges and stand up paddling. During the lunch time break, the group spotted some fungi and were keen to identify them

Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time and a special thanks needs to go to Jamie and Tom for their help and support in delivering these sessions.

Team Building With A Year 3 & 4 Group
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Here at CHMAS, we are very passionate about or first aid training and would like to see this life saving skill taught in schools and be rolled out to the adult population too. That’s why, CHMAS is registered to provide the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) – Heartstart scheme.

Heartstart Training In Progress

About The Heartstart Scheme
The Heartstart course lasts 2 hours and is provided free of charge, so its a great way to learn some fundamental life saving skllls. The topics covered on the course are: how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest;  help an unconscious person;
perform CPR; help someone who is choking;  respond to serious bleeding.

More information about our courses can be found on the Heartstart – CHMAS Facebook page. The courses really are great fun and could help you save someone’s life!

Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Courses
Chris is also a Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Trainer and can currently deliver the following courses:

Workplace First Aid
Emergency First At Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW)

Children’s First Aid
Paediatric First Aid (PFA) and Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)

Outdoor First Aid
REC Emergency (Outdoor) First Aid Course (16 hour)
REC Advanced (pending final sign off)

The feedback from our last outdoor first aid course was exceptional despite the snow/cold weather for the practical outdoor scenarios and Chris was especially pleased to receive this email from on of the participants a few days after the course.

After completing the 1st Aid outdoors over the weekend course I had my first real casualty on Tuesday when my boss broke his right arm and sprained his left wrist and gashed his leg in a spectacular crash landing off his 9Bot (electronic uni wheel or guaranteed disaster machine as I like to call it) what a gift!
He tried the tough man “I haven’t got time to go to hospital” routine but thanks to my expert training by you Chris Hughes I managed to persuade him. TWO! Fractures to the right wrist, how many points do I get for that?

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Work is slowly starting to pick up and it was good to be working back with Arthog Outreach this week, which saw me providing team building, climbing and a hill walk with an historical theme.

Year 3 Team Building
A lively morning session looking at fundamentals of team building, good listening, co-operation. support through the Plan Do Review cycle through various team challenges (Hoop Challenge, Swamp Crossing, Keeper of the Keys, Marble Run). Then as a final reward the session was finished off with a few climbing wall challenges. A rather nice session enjoyed by all – even if I do say so myself.

Year 4 Climbing Session
Another team building session but through the medium of climbing, looking at personal responsibility, looking after others, support and personal challenges. Some of the group were a little nervous but after a little encouragement it was great to see them reach new heights while the rest of the team were involved in the peer group belaying system. The young people really enjoyed the climbing and no one wanted to go back to school.

On the Wrekin – which way now then

Historical Hill Walk With Year 5′
Our venue for the day was the Wrekin as the group were studying the Anglo Saxons as we needed a historical timeline for the day.  There is a hill fort on the Wrekin, which dates back to the Ironage (750BC). After the Romans arrived in 43AD the hill fort was captured and the roman city of Viriconium (now Wroxeter), which was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain was built. After the Romans left in 450AD, the Anglo Saxons moved and utilised much of the Roman infrastructure for themselves. Evidence of this can be seen in St Andrews Church, which dates back to the Anglo Saxon period

Inside St Michael’s Church

The Year 5’s really enjoyed scaling the Wrekin, looking at the views, sploshing in mud and seeing how big the Giant’s feet were and looking at the flora and fauna on the way. After descending the Wrekin, we visited the Wroxeter to see the remains of the Roman City and the nearby Anglo Saxon Church of St Martins. The year 5’s were fascinated by the tombs and the figures in repose on the top, which judging by the clothing date back to the Tudor period.

The young peope had a cracking day out, I know because they told me so and to be honest so did I.

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Lowland Leader Observation

Lowland Leader training in progress

Earlier in the year, Chris was granted approval by Mountain Training to Provide and Direct the Lowland Leader Award and to make sure our course programme ticked all the boxes Alan Pinnington of Mountain Water Expeditions kindly offered to let me observe on his training course to benchmark my course programme.

This proved to be a very valuable exercise and I had a cracking two days working alongside Alan with 6 very enthusiastic candidates walking on the Clwydian Range in very varied weather conditions.

To see a few pictures from the course please click here.

If you would like to join a CHMAS Lowland Leader training course in 2018 then please do get in touch – chris@chmas.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

Last week my sessions for Arthog Outreach were bushcraft, caving and canoeing and all three sessions were very enjoyable indeed

Toasting ‘giant’ marshmallows in the woods

Bushcraft
This is the forth and  day of a multi day programme for this group of Year 5’s and they chose bushcraft for their final activity. We wandered through the woods, visiting the disused limekilns, natural springs, a cave before having lunch at a secret shelter. The young people were simply in awe at what they found and were soon asking all sorts of questions about our environment. As special treat for the last session we collected wood and toasted marsh mallows which was enjoyed by all. Our final part of the day involved tracking and we followed some fresh deer prints and we were rewarded with seeing a small herd of deer.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Working with secondary school children for this session which is always fun. The group were very keen to explore all of the cave so we squeezed though the nutcracker to visit Burial Chamber and the Belfry and then on to Fiveways Chamber. The group were still keen to do more so we visited the Mandible Chamber for a few challenges. I was particular impressed by the teamwork shown by this group and how keen they were to navigate around in the cave.

Preaparing for a bit of head, shoulders, knees and toes action

Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
As part of their instructor development programme, all instructors are expected to deliver a mentored sessions and I was particularly pleased to be assigned to watch Jamie deliver a series of canoe sessions as part of his ongoing development. The group had a whale of a time of the water in rafted canoes and it was great to see the session being adapted for the particular needs of the group.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of session for you and your group then please take a look at our activity page to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Two weeks ago my sessions for Arthog Outreach were caving and canoeing and both were very enjoyable sessions indeed.

Route finding in progress

Caving At Ogof Llanymynech
This is the third day of a multi day programme for this group of Year 5’s and they were very excited about going caving. The group were keen to explore so we did a round trip to the Shaft Chamber before exiting via Fiveways Chamber and there was lots of excitement as they navigated their way out of the cave. All were keen to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
As part of their instructor development programme, all instructors are expected to deliver a mentored session and I was assigned to watch Jamie deliver a canoe session. This was the third session that I had worked with Jamie and it was great to see him improving his session following feedback from the previous week and tailoring the session for the group’s particular needs.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of session for you and your group then please take a look at our activity page to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Canoe session in progress at Simpsons Pool

Last week my sessions for Arthog Outreach were climbing and canoeing and both were very enjoyable sessions indeed.

Climbing At Grinshill
This is the second day of a multi day programme for this group of Year 5’s and they were quite excited about going climbing. Despite the initial excitement, they were a little apprehensive about climbing to the top but with the right ethos ‘Challenge By Choice’ they soon reached new heights and as their confidence grew almost all reached the top of the climbs. A really positive experience for all involved.

Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
As part of their instructor development programme, all instructors are expected to deliver a mentored session and I was assigned to watch Jamie deliver a canoe session. The session went very well indeed and through feedback and self reflection, there will be an improved session for next week.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of session for you and your group then please take a look at our activity page to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Yr Hafod – Terrain 2 Permit Assesssment

Last weekend, I was at Yr Hafod running a Scout Association Terrain 2 Permit Assessment and a mighty fine weekend it was too. I had two candidates who were extremely well prepared and it was an absolute blast working with them.

Cantilver – Glyder Fach

Day 1 – A Walk on The Glyders
Our venue for the day took in the summits of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach via various contour features and obscure locations. We descended through the Devil’s Kitchen in darkness, guiding a couple of folk safely down before undertaking a bit of poor visibility navigation in Cwm Idwal. Along the way, we chatted about emergency procedures, mountain facts and top tips to keep your group motivated and engaged when in the mountains.

Candidates enjoying the view

Day 2 – Security on Step Ground
We ventured in to Cwm Idwal and made our way into Cwm Cneifion via a top secret meander adjacent to the Idwal Slabs to look at route finding, spotting and group management on steep ground. We played with ropes on the Gribin Facet before making our way to Yr Hafod for the final debrief.

I pleased to say that both candidates passed the technical competency for a Terrain 2 Permit and went away understandably proud of their achievements. Perhaps, the best bit of feedback from them was the assessment just felt like a walk on the hill – a job very well done in my opinion.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Charlie looking after the resources

On Friday, CHMAS was delivered a workshop on how to recognise and effectively treat a choking casualty to staff at a local school. The event was well intended with 40 staff involved, which meant running two sessions. The workshop was well received, lots of questions, fun and of course putting the choking protocols in practice.

If you would like CHMAS to provide a first aid workshop for your staff then please take a look at our first aid page to find out more.

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