This coming half term (Tuesday 31st May – Saturday 4th June 2016), YHA Danywenallt National Park Study Centre is running a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential in conjunction with the Brecon Beacons National Park. The theme of the week is conservation, and in addition to fulfilling the criteria for their Residential, participants will earn the John Muir Award (JMA) at Discovery level by the end of the week. At this point we don’t know exactly what the conservation work will be, but the programme (shown below) will also involve team challenges, exploring the area around the hostel through geocaching, and creating a video to share their experiences (a criteria for the JMA). It’s a great week, learning to build independence, forging new friendships, and generally having a good time, all the while putting something back.
So you can see what sort of thing goes on, the video produced by our first DofE JMA week is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cdqk11x1yi2e1nb/DofE_with_JMA.mp4
Details are on the flier below. If you’re interested, either make contact through our contact page, email email@example.com or phone the hostel on 01874 676677.
In each of the school holidays this year, YHA Danywenallt is running a number of activity weeks for those participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. These will fulfil all of the criteria for the Gold Residential, lasting for 5 days with 4 overnights. Participants need to book these Residentials for themselves, as a big part of this element of the award is to meet and work with new people. As such, part of our weeks will be spent getting to know the other participants, as well as taking part in conservation work with the National Park Rangers, or helping us to run activities for local children. For the conservation Residentials, we’re also going to be working towards the entry level John Muir Award -join us to make a real difference to the countryside that surrounds us! For the children’s activity weeks, you’ll be helping us to run activities that encourage children to get out, explore and enjoy their environment, and teaching them new skills
See the flyer below for details, please use the contact details listed if you need more information.
We are particularly keen to get people onto the May Half Term Residentials: there are still spaces -don’t delay!!! Please share with anyone you know that is currently looking to get their Gold Award. Thank you!
An open letter to any old customers of Ty’r Morwydd Environmental Study Centre (known to some as Mulberry House) in Abergavenny, and indeed anyone interested in our work here in the Brecon Beacons, from Stephen Tyrrell:
A little over two and a half years since the closure of Ty’r Morwydd, I thought it would be good to review how things have gone and spread the word about how things are developing in this neck of the woods. I think you would call me a portfolio worker now, working to a number of contracts, as well as working on a self employed basis. One benefit of working with so many organisations is that now I have more than doubled the number of contacts I had before, and I can now find ‘a man who can’ for most situations, and equipment for almost any activity.
Field studies are, and will always be, the most important part of what I do, but now I’m also branching out a bit. I have a growing following in bushcraft activities in the central Beacons and spreading, plus I’m involved in heritage interpretation with the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. I’m also getting involved in the outdoor activities side of things a little more now, and I’m working towards the Climbing Wall Award, doing at bit of volunteering to get my experience up, as well as getting to use my walking qualifications more. Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award residentials are also becoming a more important part of my job, and we offer a range of ways that participants can complete their requirements with us.
I’ll explain everything in a bit more detail below. With curriculum changes on their way, I figured now was a good time to get in touch, let you know how things have gone, how they’re progressing, and directions for the future.