Tuesday, 23 September 2008


Are you thinking of taking your group away but don't know where to begin?

Do you want to liven up your weekend away?

Want to go self catered but no idea where to start planning a menu?

The diocese has just invested in the Resource sheets from CCI which give you all kinds of advice about planning, leading and reviewing your residential with young people.

These cover all aspects of planning:

No 01 - Planning and Budgeting
No 02 - Recruiting your team
No 03 - Choosing the best venue
No 04 - Safety and liability
No 05 - Insurance
No 06 - Protecting children
No 07 - Minibuses
No 08 - What to put in your brochure
No 09 - Team Building
No 10 - Training your team
No 11 - Risk Assessment
No 12 - Programming with a purpose
No 13 - Taking your group overseas
No 14 - Catering: the DIY approach
No 15 - One to one with young people
No 16 - Under canvas
No 17 - Discipline at your event
No 18 - Coping with a crisis
No 19 - Development Training Games
No 20 - Outdoor activities
No 21 - The art of storytelling
No 22 - Bringing the bible alive
No 23 - Quality follow up
No 24 - Evaluating a programme
No 25 - Keeping your holiday effective

If you would like to borrow these or would like any advice on planning your residential with young people, please do get in touch.

CCI also has a free venue finder service which will pass your details to all the residential centres that meet your requirements (size, location, catered/self-catered etc). Or you could consider taking over a youth hostel as a group. Locally you can choose from:
Leominster, Coalbrookdale, Clun Mill , Dimmingsdale and Kington.

I can also suggest a few places locally which you might like to consider as a place for your residential.

For group activities and mucking in together
Far Forest Centre near Kidderminster (Self-catering)
Woolhope Cockshoot near Ledbury (Self-catering)

For a retreat
Holland House near Pershore (catered)
Beautiful Gardens and quiet (not for all teenagers!)

For a more adventurous time:
Astley Burf near Bewdley (catered and self-catering) lodges and camping
The Pioneer Centre Shropshire (catered)
Viney Hill Gloucestershire (Catered or Self-Catering)

A little further afield
Chellington Bedfordshire (Self-catering)
Fabulous converted church with STUNNING view
Woodcroft Chepstow (Self-catering)
Great facilities and access to all kinds of activities
Cloverley Hall - Shropshire (Catered)
Fabulous building with very comfortable rooms and great grounds
Quinta - Shropshire (Catered and Self-catering)
Wonderful grounds with outdoor activities available. Choose the big hall or the little bungalows!
Pentrenant Hall Welsh Borders (self-catering)
Two hundred year old building in a beautiful setting

Some other centres worth contacting:
Oakwood Court Warwickshire
Morley Derbyshire (Catered)
Shepherd's Buildings Lichfield (self Catering)

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