During these difficult times our dedicated teams are working around the clock to continue looking after our young people. To facilitate social distancing, our office based support staff will be working from home wherever possible and can be contacted using the numbers on our Contact Us page. We are still reviewing all referrals, offering placements where relevant, and planning for young people to move into our homes where it is safe to do so. Despite the challenges we all face during these testing times, we are committed to supporting you and our young people.
As the date for the DofE expedition phase of the Bronze award approaches in September, six pupils undertook a two day practice walk. These were consecutive day walks from our Bedford school and were organised to enable pupils to experience the level of physical demands that will be placed on them. The walks went extremely well and have encouraged a new teamwork amongst the pupils. The full expedition will include an overnight stay and our school may be used as the venue for this stay. As one of our homes said: "Judging by the amount of mud on their boots, they must have been clocking up some miles!"
The DofE is many things to many people, and one of the benefits is in supporting young people to successfully navigate adult life, which is particularly important for our young people as they develop their independence skills. Good luck all with the September expedition!