As part of our aim to engage more with young people in Wales, we spent a fun-packed few days training a range of young people to maintain footpaths in Gwynedd, including getting stuck into clearing an overgrown path.
Working with youth charity Youth Cymru, two young offenders and six young people outside of mainstream education attended the training event run jointly by Ramblers volunteers and Gwynedd Council footpath officers. After icebreakers to get everyone talking, there were practical activities to allow participants to learn path maintenance skills and put them into practice.
As well as having lots of fun and learning new skills, the young people involved left with a sense of satisfaction from helping to clear a well-loved path. Their feedback was very positive - not only were they keen to continue working on similar projects, many of them wanted to get to know their local Ramblers group to continue walking!
We’re grateful to HF Holidays for hosting the successful event which was an excellent way of sharing skills and knowledge between the generations and engaging young people in their local area. We’re also working with Youth Cymru with a view to extending the project elsewhere – possibly with the involvement of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
If you’d like to know more about our work with young people in Wales, including our path maintenance project with pupils at the Dylan Thomas Community School in Swansea last year, read the Young Upstarts article in Walk magazine.