Win a weekend…

We have teamed up with Voyages of Discovery and The Sound Cafe to offer two people an unforgettable weekend of adventure, camping, wildlife watching and delicious food.

We’ll put two people up in bell tent accommodation on the edge of the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path for two nights between September 2012 and April 2013.

Over the course of the two days you’ll explore the coastline by kayak and take in the wonderful coastline from a totally different perspective. You’ll learn about launching and landing, basic kayaking strokes, turning your kayak, efficient forward paddling, capsize drills and safety at sea.

You’ll also get the chance to head out on a boat to take in the magnificent Ramsey Island, seals, porpoise, guillemots and razorbills are spotted regularly on the journey around the Island.

And before leaving you’ll experience the sport TYF pioneered over 26 years ago, coasteering. A mad mix of scrambling, swimming, traversing, exploring and jumping along the dramatic St Davids peninsula. A real thrill and the perfect way to end your weekend.

The Sound Cafe in the heart of St Davids will be giving you a £30 voucher to use at your leisure over the course of the weekend.

How to enter:

That our world is changing rapidly is beyond doubt. We know that the skills needed to thrive are radically different to the ones that are found in most workplaces, schools or universities. TYF are on a mission to make a dent in the problem, taking new ways of thinking and doing into the communities, schools, businesses and government agencies we work with.

In return for taking 10 minutes to tell us the three most important skills you think children should leave school with, or the three skills you think are most needed to build resilience at workplace, we’ll put your name in the hat for a competition that closes on 24th September 2012.
Send your ideas to Ross Beese ross.b@tyf.com, and give us a call if you want to find out more.

5 Comments

  • August 24, 2012

    Richard Topliss

    Three skills that I think are really important and often absent or poorly developed in UK citizens in the 21st century are:

    No.1 – The ability to assess risk – that is, real risk to life and limb, not perceived risk. Frequently, you will hear parents shouting at their kids “Don’t do that, you might hurt yourself” or “don’t run, you might trip up”. All of us, and children in particular, need the opportunity to learn how to look after ourselves and others, spotting hazards, assessing the risk and controlling it to a level that we are comfortable with. Far better showing your kids how to run without tripping up and how to climb walls without pulling the capping stones onto your head.

    In industry, the inability of large swathes of the population to assess risk accurately is a real problem for employers and employees alike. Far too much time and resource is spent trying to reduce some risks to very low levels whilst completely missing the risks that are really going to impact on a lot of workers (and their families) lives. Annually in the UK, there are around 175 fatal accidents at work and around 600,000 injuries. Compare this to 12,000 premature deaths caused by work-related ill health and 1.2 million cases of work-related ill health.

    The Health and Safety Executive are keen to encourage the use of outdoor pursuits for children to help them develop risk assessment skills. Their Chairperson, Judith Hackitt, is a real champion of this – you should invite her down for the weekend! http://www.hse.gov.uk/news/judith-risk-assessment/kidsoutdoors070612.htm

    No.2 – A healthy pastime for life. Something outside your daily grind that helps you to relax (over 1/2 the work related illness is stress related – if you think stress illness is another term for slacking, give me a call and I can explain what it’s really like!), involves physical activity and, preferably, has a social scene. Traditional sports like football often lead to spectating and drinking. Give me climbing, surfing, off-road running, cycling, hill walking …… you get the idea, any day!

    No.3 – An ability to cope with change. Life’s full of change. Most miserable people aren’t good at coping with it. If you are always made to think that you have to stick to a plan, have constant stability, enough savings to re-float Greece, a nice steady job – then chances are you’ll miss out on a lot of what life has to offer and not be deeply happy.

    On our coasteering day, we were all looking forwards to big jumps into the sea, traversing along the rocks, covering some distance along the coast. However, when Rob and Huw got us down to the water’s edge, things were rough and getting rougher. They did a dynamic risk assessment (it looked just like a quick chat), didn’t hesitate to change the plan and took us quickly to a different start point. We didn’t get to travel far along the coast or do any really big jumps but we all had a fantastic, challenging day. All five adults and five children have spent most of our free time in the great outdoors but we all learnt things in the sea that day.

    I’ve just started working offshore and did the offshore survival course last Christmas. The “escape to the sea” training (first choice is evacuate by helicopter, 2nd is by lifeboat, last resort is jump into the sea) used to involve jumping off a 4 m platform in semi-darkness into a cold pool with wave machine and helpful instructors with fire hoses blasting you, as you inflated your lifejacket and swam to the life raft. Now you jump 1/2m into a calm pool with full lighting – the governing body decided the old way was too risky. I think the governing body should send it’s committee to TYF for a weekend of coasteering!!

    That’s enough waffle. Hope it’s some use. Just to finish, I must say that I came away from my 2 weeks in St Davids thinking that every single person at TYF – including in the shop – that I had dealings with or just met in passing, I could happily spend time with. Keep it up!

  • August 27, 2012

    Chantelle Andrews

    Life skills-cooking etc, environmental awareness and realism-nothing comes for free!

  • August 30, 2012

    Simon Costello

    Communicate. Listen & Lead.

    Communicate: Be able to explain your thoughts, ideas to a person or group in a way which engages them. Have a solid grip on IT communication trends, software – knowledge is power and some people tend to shy aware from IT. It is a necessary evil!

    Listen: Good conversation is not just about getting your point across. It is about listening to the person you are talking to and allowing them the opportunity and time to respond. It’s amazing what you can learn by just listening!

    Lead: You can only lead when you have the trust and confidence of a group. You gain their trust by communicating to them your knowledge for the task and your ability to hear their concerns.

  • September 3, 2012

    Tom Patterson

    1) Politenss – one of the few things that costs nothing in life – but most children mostly teens seem to be void of.
    2) Communication. Being able to talk and listen to other members in the workplace. you can learn alot from other people even if you are the boss. All opinions should be viable.
    3) Common Sense – Its the common sense approach that seems to be lacking in most work places – everything by the book – but a little common sense would alleviate alot of the problems caused in the first place.

  • September 12, 2012

    Alan Collins

    1) A sense of realism – take pride in earning everything you’ll ever get. Not everyone is destined to be famous regardless of what the XFactor says

    2) Communication is vital – You’ll get more out of listening to what someone else is saying instead of always listening to yourself. Remember “listening” and “hearing” are two different things

    3) Self-Respect. Don’t judge your own worth by the value that others place on you or the things you have and don’t let those who do make you think that you’re the one who is wrong

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