At the moment the Arete centre is working with NCS (National Citizenship scheme) a organisation for young people which runs all over the U.K. NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and cultures that live in the same area. The aim of the scheme is to build stronger communities, and develop essential skills for young people.
The courses last three weeks with three individual elements, adventure, skills and social action. Arete is involved in the adventure week with the instructors working hard to challenge the teams and help them bond together. The following weeks typically take place at University Halls, they involve the young people developing domestic skills, discovering causes in their local community and developing a project of social action that will benefit their community.
The staff at the Arete centre have been working with NCS teams for the past few weeks over the summer. We’ve presented the NCS teams with a number of different challenges so individuals can face their fears and work together with encouragement and support. We’ve been taking teams to a number of venues around Snowdonia, coasteering, underground exploration, gorge scrambling, boating and zip lining. For a number of the groups this is their first adventurous outdoor experience but they have still been up for the challenge.