Cotswold Chine School will encourage you to join in activities within the local community and to develop any interests you may have. Some examples of activities are joining the local scouts, guides or cadet group, swimming, rock-climbing, skiing/snowboarding, using art materials, playing sports in the local leisure centre, horse riding, bike riding, and fishing, walking, using the gym and going to the cinema.
“Young people who have previously found social interaction difficult regularly attend a youth club, work in the organisation’s café, successfully complete BTEC level courses, mentor other young people, plan holidays and activities, and are instrumental in the productions of the home’s vlog. As a result, young people steadily develop in confidence and maturity, develop skills and learn through fun experiences.” Ofsted 2017
All students are encouraged to develop their independence skills with staff, e.g. doing their own laundry, cooking a meal, using public transport and keeping their room and house tidy. Day trips are normally arranged for the weekends and holiday periods; these may include trips to wildlife parks, places of historic interest, shopping and adventure parks. You will get a lot of help from your key workers teachers and youth support workers. All houses have youth support workers, they work as a team and take responsibility for being creative and organizing, and joining in with activities and events, life skills training, and will help you have fun, work on your targets and goals and help you prepare for leaving Cotswold Chine at the end of your placement.
“Young people enjoy consistent support from both the care team and a newly established youth support team.” Ofsted 2017
There are also after-school clubs that take place outside of the house during the early part of the evening which include computer strategy and exercise games; music; IT robot and computer club. Adults at the School regularly consult with children and young people to discuss ideas for different types of clubs and activities that may not already be going on. Although the School cannot always agree to start a certain type of club, maybe for reasons of safety, the most relevant people discuss each suggestion.
There is also a fortnightly youth club which takes place in the halfway café, this includes lots of games, a tuck shop, a play station and themed nights for example a BBQ night, a disco or a bingo night which all young people are invited to. This is a good opportunity to socialise with peers from other homes as well as spending time with some of the senior management, your key workers and youth support workers who all attend.