Instructing For Arthog Outreach

The group deciding on the way forward

This week’s work for Arthog Outreach has seen me running canoeing and caving sessions and an interesting week it was too.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
A pretty challenging day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes eventually! To liven things up after lunch we played a game of fruit salad, stand up paddling and Harry Potter. Thankfully, this week I wasn’t marooned on a ledge which was just as well with the groups canoeing skills.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Its been a while since I visited the cave and it was nice to be going back underground. the group were a little apprehensive at first but with a few stories about the cave, information on how it was formed they soon overcame their fear and were keen to go on explore the Fiveways Chamber and face the puddle of truth. Most of the group were keen to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Activity Page to find out more.

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MTA – Climbing For All Workshop

Abseil in progress………

On the weekend, I was at the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on a MTA workshop Climbing For All delivered by Graeme Hill and an excellent workshop it was too. The morning was spent looking at the myths and beliefs about clients who require additional support, providing an effective session and communication with the climbers. A very useful and thought provoking session.

The afternoon was spent looking at providing additional support mechanisms for climbers (group based support, climbing alongside – self belaying and hoisting systems). Then we moved on how to set up wheelchair abseiling and how best to manage the experience.

A really useful course, excellently delivered by Graeme and if you work with climbers who require additional support then this is the course for you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

Rescuing the Captain……..

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this week was no difference! I took a group of Year 3’s canoeing and was part of a team providing on onsite activity day for  a Group of Year 6’s.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool With Year 3’s
A pretty special day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes. To liven things up after lunch we played a game of pirates and again my group decided to leave me marooned on a ledge! Thankfully, another group came and recued me.

Onsite Team Building Day
I was working with our very own Al Braybrooke providing an onsite activity day for a group of Year 6 students. The morning was split between the climbing tower and orienteering and I was responsible for running the orienteering. The group struggled a little at first but with a bit of retraining and focussing there were soon whoops of delight as they completed the course. As expected, the climbing was well received and I was particularly impressed by how the teams got stuck into the team challenges and applied the Plan – Do – Review cycle to improve their performance.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Programmes page to find out more.

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Lowland Leader Assessment

Where we too then?

Last weekend, I was in South Wales working / observing on a Lowland Leader Assessment for Caerphilly Adventures and a mighty fine course it was too. The majority of the candidates were well prepared and breezed through the assessment and it was a privilege to be part of the team.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Rescue boat approaching

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this my first real week back was an absolute pleasure! I took a group of Year 3’s canoeing and a Group of Year 5’s on a habitat walk and there was much laughter all around.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool With Year 3’s
A challenging day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes. To liven things up after lunch we played a game of pirates and my group decided to leave me marooned on a ledge! Thankfully, another group came and recued me.

Spider’s web at the entrance to the cave

Hill Waking On the Wrekin With Year 5’s
This group of Year 5’s were out and about for a habitat walk and a mighty fine day it was too. We walked out of the centre through the urban environment, farming environment and eventually entered the woodland environment to look at different habitats, which included a visit to a spring, a cave a woodland hideaway for lunch, a marsh and the group were extremely pleased to find deer tracks and see a deer in the wild. The group really enjoyed the day and wanted to come back for more. A job well done in my opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Programmes page to find out more

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REC Life Saver Course

Course in progress!

This week, I was back to deliver the second half of a REC Life Saver and Heartstart First Aid Course. We recapped on the topics of the first week (vital signs, causes of unconsciousness, accident protocols, recovery position and CPR). The topics for todays session were airway problems (asthma and choking), circulatory problems (shock, external bleeding & heart attacks) and the participants answered a short question paper. There was excellent feedback from both courses with everyone wanting to practice, learn and do more.

The courses have been delivered for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, who as part of their Growing Confidence Initiative are delivering an alternative curriculum for a local school and hopefully more courses will follow.

If you would like CHMAS to deliver a First Aid Course for you then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more.

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Working For Arthog Outreach

Canoe – leaf Bingo in progress

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this my first real week back was an absolute pleasure! I took a group of Year 3’s canoeing and a Group of Year 5’s hillwalking and there was much laughter all around.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool With Year 3’s
A lovely day out in rafted canoes at Simpsons Pool. We played lots of games, raced each other and a little bit of exploring to shrieks of laughter as the teams got to grips with manoeuvring the canoes. We played leaf bingo which was a real hit with the young people and we have a few more ideas to improve the session for next week.

Hill Waking On the Wrekin With Year 5’s
We made the best of the wet weather and made for the trees for an ‘off the beaten track’ ascent of the mighty Wrekin. As we ascended, we discussed how it was formed, who lived hill fort and what life would have been like as well as sampling elderberries, blackberries and blueberries. If that wasn’t enough we found a rope swing and visited the remain of the Roman Village at Wroxeter. It was an action packed day and enjoyed by all the group who were keen to do more in the outdoors.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Programmes page to find out more

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CHMAS – Bronze Qualifying Expedition

Happy team at the overnight camp

Back for the second run of a DofE Qualifying Expedition in Llangollen and I still feel very privileged to be part of their expedition. All three teams totally smashed it on the expedition and apart from the obligatory once a day health check I had quite a relaxed time Supervising the expedition.

I’m very pleased to report all three teams successfully completed their expeditions and I look forward to meeting them again to prevent their Aim.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your expedition for you and your group then please take a look at our DofE Page to find out more.

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REC Life Saver First Aid Course

Course in progress!

Being a first aid trainer, is for me an absolute pleasure as every course is different and tailored to the clients needs. This week was the first of two sessions to deliver a REC Life Saver and Heartstart First Aid Course and they have proved to be very enjoyable indeed. There has questions galore, requests for more information, what to do if and of course lots of laughter.

The courses have been delivered for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, who as part of their Growing Confidence Initiative are delivering an alternative curriculum for a local school and hopefully more courses will follow.

If you would like CHMAS to deliver a First Aid Course for you then please take a look at our first aid pages to find out more.

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CHMAS Bronze Qualifying Expedition

Forest Friends at the overnight camp

Working on any DofE Qualifying Expedition is for me, such a privilege! Watching the teams you have trained putting it all together and successfully completing their qualifying expedition is pretty special.

The teams completed a two day expedition in Llangollen and despite a few mishaps, unplanned events and a bird crowing at 05:00 at the overnight campsite all three teams successfully completed their expeditions.  I was especially proud of the Forest Friends team as they had a bit of a disaster on the practice expedition with the navigation. On the qualifying expedition they smashed it and coped with one or two little incidents along the way too. They took this all in their stride and were extremely proud of their achievements and to be honest so was I.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your expedition for you and your group then please take a look at our DofE Page to find out more.

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