EXPECT Youth Celebrate ELS Success!

11 November 2019

Expect Youth was delighted to host an event on the 23rd October 2019 in celebration of everything achieved during 2019 to improve the essential life skills (ELS) of young people aged 5-18 in Doncaster as part of the Opportunity Area Funded programme. 

In the summer months of 2018 and 2019 Expect Youth oversaw the implementation of Expect Summer – a programme which sees organisations from across Doncaster come together to provide a wide range of free activities for young people. 

Expect Summer not only gives young people the opportunity to take part in activities they might not otherwise have access to, but also enables youngsters to develop their essential life skills such as confidence and communication. Expect Youth organised a celebration event for everyone involved with the ELS Project and Expect Summer in recognition of the development of young peoples’ essential life skills.

The celebration event took place at the Legacy Conference Centre in Doncaster with attendees enjoying a dance and singing performance by the Dearne Valley Ventures group and presentations from some of the organisations involved with Expect Summer and the ELS Project.

A representative from UK Youth said the ELS Project had “brought everyone together” and has been “powerful and empowering” for the organisations involved.

Attendees also enjoyed a presentation from the Forest School Programme who organised outdoor activities for children and young people at Expect Summer. Children who had taken part in the Forest School demonstrated to the audience activities they’d taken part in and explained new skills they’d learnt.

Expect Youth were delighted to welcome special guest Luke Gale, a professional rugby player for Leeds Rhinos. He talked about the positive impact rugby had on him growing up and how he saw that reflected in children positively impacted upon by the ELS Project. He now gives back to the community through Kicking For Grassroots.

He said: “Sport gave my life lessons and focus and that is why I wanted to give something back. My biggest tip to young people would be to never give up and always believe in yourself. The greatest thing you can be is the best version of yourself.” 

A number of other organisations gave fantastic presentations and the audience was particularly interested to hear the thoughts of children and young people who’d taken part in Expect Summer activities.

A fantastic evening was had by all!