Week 2 of our Hume program started off with a bang. We started off with an interactive information session learning about what resources are available to young people in the area. We headed down to Headspace Craigieburn to learn a bit about what they do. They're an organisation that works with young people on any issues they may have. They provide support with not only mental health but also issues at school, physical and sexual health, and employment, to name a few. At headspace we learnt about this as well as doing a few activities such as question Jenga, everyone had a real go and enjoyed themselves. Later on in the afternoon it was time for a bit of fun, we headed down to Roxbourgh Skate Park where we all participated in a skating workshop. We had Richard and Rach from OwnLife teaching us the ropes on all things skateboarding! Everyone had a great time whether it was learning the basics of balancing, trying to master elaborate tricks and even saw a few of us have a sneaky fall. All in all it was a great high intensity fun session that taught all of us that skateboarding is a sport, an art form, a lifestyle and a culture.
Thursday saw all the students have their first workshop at REACH Collingwood. The REACH foundation’s vision is that every young person aged between 10-18 has the support and self-belief they need to fulfil their potential and dare to dream. All REACH workshops are 100% youth led designed and delivered by our crew . Students can relate and connect to the crew because they all speak honestly and openly about their own journey and challenges. A lot of the crew were participants in workshops, just like our students. Even though we were not privy to all that went on in the session, all the students were upbeat, positive and happy when they left. However, they were all particularly excited because they got free all you can eat KFC for lunch.
We rounded out our busy week down at South Melbourne Life Saving Club leaning all things about water safety as well as leaning how to perform CPR and first aid, which is a fantastic skill for anyone to have. The students all practised CPR and it was a nice start to the day. After we'd all learnt and remembered the process for helping someone in need, we changed into wetsuits to spend a few hours out in the water for a practical lesson on water safety and rescues. When in the water we all had a go at paddling and practicing water safety signals, we were unable to catch waves as the water was perfectly still. It was a great way to end the week and everything we learnt out on the water in this session is building up our skills for surf camp in the coming weeks.