Willowgate Activity Centre has made a huge difference to our Outdoor Student experience. We have been able to transform the way we work with students on a range of paddle sports and outdoor activities. The centres approach to partnership working is really dynamic resulting in a great collaboration where the centre are open to working with us in a variety of ways.
For our young people, who have Complex Additional Support Needs, we are particularly impressed with the therapeutic, nurturing and professional approach of Willowgate staff and instructors. This gives everyone the confidence to try their best in all activities and, for most, this will be a new experience and challenge. We believe these activities will have future benefits for our young people – not only through transfer of personal social skills, but also, practical skills for Learning, Life and Work.
Had an amazing time here with a group of young people .. will definitely be returning with my own kids ... staff are really friendly and fun ... Thanks again Guys
What a fantastic centre to have right on our doorstep. I booked my thirteen year old (whom was keen to remind me that she 'didn't do outdoors!') in for the week during October holidays. I am so gobsmacked at the change in her from day one! I really thought she wouldn't go back with the strop she threw that morning. I have seen her confidence go through the roof & she has learnt from Adam & his crew to embrace the outdoors, regardless what the weather is like. Massive thank you to Adam & your Crew you really do a fantastic job. We'll definitely be back.
The activities have done so much to boost the confidence of our service users and are teaching them how to work together and support each other to meet new challenges and solve problems. We are very excited to find out what’s coming next and greatly look forward to reinforcing the progress that our groups have made and to seeing them develop new skills.
As many of our young people have conditions such as Autism which highly impact their social skills, this was an incredible success. We were so impressed with the quality of the summer programme, and the results achieved, that the decision to engage in a winter programme was a very easy one.