TWO teams of young people and youth workers from Save the Family's Include Us project took part in the Youth Futures residential courses at Trafford Hall in Chester.

The residential programmes are designed to help young people build transferable skills using practical tasks as a means of engaging them.

Both Youth Futures residentials were run by Chris Fox, the children, young people and families development worker at Trafford Hall, in partnership with a local social enterprise called Healthbox.

Healthbox is a community interest company that works in partnership with health organisations and communities to deliver a range of health-based programmes and activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles.

The courses ran for three nights and focused on a number of areas, including personal social development, teamwork, problem solving and healthy lifestyles.

The activities were designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and fun, but also to provide transferable skills which can be used in everyday life.

The culmination of both courses was to produce a lasting memory that would remain in the bottom meadow at Trafford Hall.

The first course saw participants produce individually designed and decorated wooden letters that spelled out Youth Futures while the second course made a giant chair that featured thoughts and feelings of each member of the team and brought them all together as one.

The overall aim of the Youth Futures programme is to support young people to grow into healthy responsible adults, aware of their potential, with strong aspirations and who are actively and positively engaging in education and/or employment.

If you would like to find out more, contact the development team at Cotton Hall Farm, Cotton Lane, Cotton Edmunds, Chester, CH3 7PZ or call 01244 409100.