A Group of young people were allowed to go wild for the day when they were invited on a trip to an animal park.
The 13 children and teenagers who went to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park had all taken part in a summer scheme run by the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust EPIC team.
The team work with young people to Encourage Potential and Inspire Change (EPIC) by helping them increase their self-esteem, confidence and aspirations, through positive activities, with the aim of reducing anti-social behavior and potential criminal activity.
Chosen for their high rate of attendance on the programme of activities, which included Zorbing, soft archery and football, among others, the group not only had a free day out but they also received a free lunch, courtesy of the Woodfield Plantation branch of Tesco.
And, as EPIC worker Chris Lambert is a zoology graduate, he educated the group about the animals they saw.
Chris said: “We had a great day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, who kindly reduced the ticket price by £6 per young person and allowed staff entry for free. We are also very grateful to Tesco for providing a tasty lunch for everyone.
“It was a great way to end a very successful summer programme of activities and to reward those who really made the effort to get involved.”
“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”