Dumfries & Galloway Standard
Fun and games are back at youth group
The Lockerbie-based RH Youth Organisation will be restarting its outdoor and adventure groups on Thursday and Friday from the ice rink car park.
However, the return from lockdown means its theatre group has to remain closed until Covid-19 restrictions ease further.
It follows a popular Easter enjoyed by residents of all ages on Saturday.
Among the activities over five hours were an Easter Egg Hunt car tunnel, a farmyard with real chickens to feed, hook a duck, a raffle for an Easter hamper and the Easter Bunny in his burrow.
The volunteer-run charity was established in November, 2019, to offer both an outdoor and adventure group and a theatre group to children and young people aged 4 to 17 to “enable them to build confidence, social skills, life skills and independence”.
Despite launching just nine weeks before the first Covid-19 lockdown, the RH Youth Organisation has attracted 75 members who were able to enjoy weekly sessions before the Christmas lockdown at various venues in the town.
They have successfully secured funding to buy resources to provide an “exciting programme” and have recruited volunteers to support the running of the organisation.
The group is working towards getting a community
asset transfer for the former caravan site behind Lockerbie Ice Rink to build a base and have plans for introducing outdoor community recreation which could include a bike track, sensory and nature trail, dog exercising facility, willow tunnel and nature park.
They want to run a breakfast club for children and young people to access before going to school; a Get Together club for people to meet, have a chat and a cuppa with social activity;
Food for Thought project to support families throughout hard times; and an Internet facility for people to access. And they are currently running a public survey to gauge local support and opinion at: https://rhyouthorg.wixsite. com/rhyouthorganisation/ survey.
In the meantime, the group have thanked everyone who joined in on Saturday.
On their Facebook site they posted: “We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. We have so many people we would like to thank as the event just wouldn’t have happened without them. Thank you so much everyone for supporting us.”
Their thanks go to: James Hardie; Lockerbie Tesco; Kathy & Andrew; Jean Wightman; Lockerbie Ice Rink; RHYO board members; Caitlin, Ross, Calum and Joshua (Challengers/Troopers); assistant chief executive, James, and maintenance officer, Iain; The Patterson Family; DS Smith; Mo and Family; Anne-Marie and Kenneth Humes; and the Easter Bunny. - Raffle winners were: 1 S.McGill (78) and 2 Julia McNab (236). The correct number of Easter eggs in the tunnel was 12 and the winners were Ailish and Mairi Bodell. The wordsearch winner was Phillipa Young.
●More imformation on the outdoor groups – scavengers, pathfinders, troopers and challengers – restarting this week is available at https:// rhyouthorg.wixsite.com/ rhyouthorganisation.