Prince's Trust residential

How we do it.               Fun.        Hard work.        Outdoor challenges.

The primary aim of the week is to bond the group into a team and this goes hand in hand with the young people learning about themselves. Not only do they learn new skills, they also learn that they can do things which they initially would dismiss as impossible. This is crucial to the success of the week and the course. It gives the young person the confidence to tackle any problem or task. At Rough Edges, we firmly believe that the area to do this is in the outdoors, away from home or the residential centre. It usually puts the young person in alien surroundings and out of their comfort zone. Our instructors enjoy working in the outdoors but more importantly they enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a reluctant climber get to the top of his
or her first climb, or a self declared claustrophobic eager to go caving again. The sense of achievement and pride the young person gets instantly builds their confidence and transfers to other tasks and areas of their life. We have a patient but persistent approach which focus’s on the end result rather than the time taken to achieve it and it is here that the real skill of our instructors shows.

The secondary aim of the week is to instil an appreciation of Britain's countryside and the different ways they can explore it. Most of the activities we do are real sports that, if so inclined, the young person could take up at a later date.

All our instructors partake in numerous so called extreme sports and are only too willing to pass on their enthusiasm and knowledge and to explain how a beginner can start in what initially seems to be a dangerous, difficult activity. At the end of the week we can provide written details about how they can further investigate any sports they are interested in.

Risk and safety
Perceived risk.         Actual risk.

Safety is always paramount in what we do, so the programme is shaped around the weather and the groups abilities. Occasionally activities have to be cancelled due to safety considerations and if this happens the reasons are always fully explained. Most people don't know what they are capable of so one of the most important jobs the instructors do is to manage the real risk and encourage the young person through their perceived risk.

The instructors at Rough Edges have all seen the benefits of the Prince's Trust Team programme and working on a proven programme with committed team leaders keeps instructors motivated and enthusiastic about their job.