12 April 2012
Eleven teenagers with learning disabilities have been treated to a weekend of fun and adventure in Monmouthshire, thanks to the efforts of eight volunteers from the University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU) Volunteering’s Pitstop project.
Pitstop is a student-led volunteering project run through the Students’ Union. Volunteers organise day, weekend and summer trips for groups of teenagers with learning disabilities. It’s a chance for the young people to be independent, socialise, try out things and learn new skills while their parents have a break from their caring responsibilities.
It was an action-packed weekend with a trip to Big Pit coal mine, swimming, an Easter egg trail, baking, cooking, boat trips, farm trips and canoeing.
Volunteers and participants after a canoeing trip on the River Wye
For the student volunteers, it’s a fantastic opportunity to do something different. Clare, a medical student and one of the two Pitstop Project Coordinators, explains: ‘To see the children interacting and being so enthusiastic, enjoying the weekend we have planned, is extremely rewarding. The friendships that have been built are wonderful, and it is fascinating to see how the children blossom, support each other and come out of their shell. We feel extremely privileged to be part of the big Pitstop family.’
Pitstop’s next trip will be in July. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please get in touch with Phoebe or Clare, the Project Coordinators, at email@example.com.