I-Venture 2019

The ‘I-Venture’ project aims to offer opportunities for learning and personal growth to young people from the Bolsover District in Derbyshire.  Delivered in partnership with local schools, it raises the aspirations of young people who might not have the chance to travel or may have low expectations about their future. It helps to develop the following skills or attributes in young people:
• Raised confidence and self-esteem
• Increased global and cultural awareness
• Raised aspirations for the future
• Improved communication and team working skills
• Greater planning, organisation and decision making skills
• Greater self-awareness

A team of 24 young people have so far applied and attended a team selection day and undertook a series of challenges, in order to earn their conditional offer place on this experience of a lifetime. All participants are currently aged between 13-14 years and are representing Frederick Gent School, Shirebrook Academy, Stubbin Wood Special Educational Needs School and Tibshelf Community School. This is an initiative developed and supported by the Bolsover Partnership. The families of the participants raise the funds through community action, delivered from July 2018 to September 2019, to undertake the expedition in October 2019! The team spend their ten days in South Africa under canvas (no hotels in sight) and travel (mostly on foot) to a variety of locations to undertake their international citizenship programme that will include:
• forming a choir
• delivering essential first aid training to the local communities
• working with two local schools
• working alongside lead ecologists to study the wildlife population
• conduct an environmental impact study
• learning about other cultures

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Bolsover Partnership brings together the main service providers and agencies within the Bolsover area in an effort to drive local regeneration and service improvement. Key supporters of the I-Venture scheme include Bolsover Partnership, Bolsover District Council, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership, SNAP Development Project, and the B@Home Partnership. For further information, please contact the Chair of Bolsover Partnership, Mandy Chambers, on 01246 242 276.