Creative Workshops
A creative “hub” (or studio) will be set up to provide opportunities for young people to explore a range of art materials and musical instruments at their leisure. We will offer at least one specialist-led workshop during the week’s stay. All arts-based activities will be co-ordinated by Katherine Bonner, who will be on hand to support visitors throughout their stay and to facilitate artist-led workshops. Katherine has many contacts currently working in the arts who can offer a wide range of inspiring workshops.

The Teenage Cancer Trust recommends creative activities as part of social support for teenagers and young people undergoing treatment for cancer, stating that
“art, music, drama and animation workshops, movie evenings, quiz afternoons, pool competitions and games days … allow young people to focus on something other than ‘being ill’ and can help a young person maintain motivation for life in their new circumstances, encouraging them to work individually or as a group on small projects with achievable outcomes.”
(P.71 Teenage Cancer Trust (2016) The Blueprint of Care for teenagers and young adults with cancer)

Art Workshops
Workshops will be planned according to the interests of  visitors and designed to encourage self-expression as well as collaboration. Inspiration will also be drawn from nature and the beautiful environment in the valley.

Music Workshops
Enjoyment in shared music-making or simply appreciating music will be a significant part of a stay at Flynne’s Barn. The “hub” will be equipped with a variety of musical instruments for young people to use and explore on their own terms.

Kathy Walton (Meitheal Cheoil, St Patrick’s Troupe, Musicians Without Borders) will co-ordinate a musical programme, which will be informal and inclusive irrespective of participant’s musical experience.

Derry Daly (music teacher of guitar, banjo and mandolin, performer and session musician) will facilitate informal music and singing sessions. Derry is highly experienced working with youth groups.

We will be inviting many of our talented musical friends to bring their skills to the barn and  also aim to make links with local musicians in Cumbria who can facilitate music workshops.

We plan to develop a kitchen garden on site so that visitors can enjoy gardening activities. We will harvest the fruits of our labours for communal cooking. We are also working with the Woodland Trust to develop a tree planting programme. This is aimed at boosting the native tree species in the valley, which in turn will enrich wildlife and plant habitats.

Outward bound Activities
Outward bound activities will be outsourced to expert local providers. A service level agreement will be drawn up before offering any activities, which will include sections on health & safety, safeguarding and managing risk. There are many local adventure/activity organisations offering a host of activities tailored to suit a range of abilities. Some possible adventures include:

Outdoors: hill walking, orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes, archery, ghyll scrambling, via ferrata, mountain biking, pony trekking, alpaca walking, bushcraft
Indoors: climbing wall, exploring the mines
Water-based: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, raft building

Local activity centres can provide tailor-made sessions to suit all abilities. Flynne’s Barn will liaise with young visitors to plan their week’s stay, taking energy and enthusiasm levels into account.

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