GISDA helps young people to become more confident and build on their life skills by organising various activities.
Some of these activities include:
- Cooking sessions - We arrange 1:1 and group cooking sessions as part of the support plan to ensure that the young people cook food that's healthy. We include budgeting into the activity as we need to prepare a healthy meal on a budget. We also hold cooking competitions where the staff are challenged to cook a meal for 4 for service users for £5!
- Cycling - we have bikes available for use by the young people, so we arrange a local biking activity. It's very important for us to be able to offer activities which promote healthy living and this activity is a social one as both staff and service users take part together.
- Fitness Room - we encourage young people to take part in this project and attend the fitness room, which is free of charge for them. Regular exercise can make the young people feel better, have more energy, and will benefit their health.
- Art and Crafts - some young people can express themselves better through the medium of art, so we encourage them to develop themselves artistically by creating a mural, drawing on canvas, writing poetry or learning samba. We feel it’s important to provide varying and creative opportunities.
- Youth Exchange - occasionally we are invited to attend a youth exchange where we work with other countries such as Portugal, Austria, and France and others. This is an opportunity for the service users to meet with other young people who face the same problems as them. Examples of workshops that service users take part in are dance, Theatre Forum, graffiti and creating music by using computers.
- BOCSWN - we are very fortunate to work with different agencies. Recently we have worked with BOCSWN which provides an opportunity for GISDA's service users to create music by using computers such as Apple Macs and they have created a piece of music:
- Gardening - in Hafan, one of our hostels, we have an allotment. We try to maintain the garden and plant vegetables every year and if we are successful then we use our own produce in our cooking sessions. GISDA was very lucky to receive advice and guidance from the ‘Byw yn yr Ardd’ programme - To see the video, click here.
- Christmas Party - we arrange a party every year for families where Father Christmas visits the children and shares gifts. We also arrange a party for the big kids! The evening gives everyone an opportunity to have a Christmas meal and socialise together.