Reaching Communities Open Paddle Session Session hosted at Mote Park Watersports Centre.

Recently, as a part of the Reaching Communities Programme, Mid Kent Mind were able to host an open-access paddle session for young people from some of our local partner organisations. The goal of this session was to bring young people together and give them an opportunity to try a new and exciting wellbeing activity which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to try.

By giving young people an opportunity to both try new activities, and also connect with others, we hope to have provided them with the opportunity to discover new things which can boost their wellbeing and improve their mental health. We had a brilliant day – and we think that the young people who attended did, too, judging by some of the photos which you can see below!

As you can see from the above photos – we had a fantastic session, with a mix of Paddle-boards, Canoes, Kayaks and Pedalos being available for the young people who came along to the session. Young people were given the freedom and flexibility to choose different equipment – and were also able to change as many times as they wanted throughout the morning session.

It was great seeing many of the young people starting the session on Pedalos and slowly growing their confidence across the session – with many of them trying things like paddle-boards for the first time. You can learn more about how the morning went in the short video below:

We are so grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for making projects like this possible in the local community. Thank you to Lottery players across the country for helping to make this support happen – you empower us to do the work we do in our local communities, and we couldn’t make a difference without your generous support.

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