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2024 KLYP crew broad-en their knowledge of nature’s healing power

KLYP members on their latest Norfolk Broads visit

It’s been a great start to 2024 at The Workshop. Hard to believe we’ll soon be celebrating five years since we opened our doors. Here’s our Arts Engagement Worker Sophie to catch you up on what’s been going on. 

It’s been busy, especially in the Inclusion department with brand new Foundation classes starting. The King’s Lynn Youth Project (KLYP) has jumped right back into action too!

Last you heard, they’d won a BBC Make A Difference Award in September. Teacher Brian Reeve-Hayes and I were recently talking about that on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Breakfast Show.

Social action is still the KLYP’s top priority. This year members are focusing on mental wellbeing. They hope to take their learning from their wellbeing eco-garden and create more resources for the community.

Just before Christmas they created wellbeing packs for their peers who found winter tricky to navigate and filled it with all their top tips on how to stay mentally positive.

Most recently, the group has taken part in trips to the Norfolk Broads thanks to the Broads Authority and Adventures Away From Home. There, they’ve been learning about the restorative power of the natural world on physical and mental health.

In January we went to Barton Turf Adventure Centre where students took part in conservation tasks, learnt about tool use and made their own charcoal.

We started the day by investigating some ecological mammal traps and getting to see a field mouse and a vole before going for a walk around a very boggy marsh. 

We then warmed up by baking bread and toasting smores over a fire. Students then got to create their own shelters to see who would survive the elements.

Earlier this month we took a trip to Horsey Windpump. Many KLYP members conquered their fear of heights by climbing all the way to the top and looking out across the mere. They then headed for a spot of lunch on Waxham beach.

In the afternoon we went on a quest to find seals and their pups. For most, it was the first-time seeing seals. It was such a special experience to be so close (although not too close) to them on the beach. We had to be very quiet but got some great photos and videos.

Which brings me on to some more exciting news. Alongside the Norfolk Broads trip, the KLYP are videoing some of their experiences. 

They will create a film to educate others of what they are learning to share at the end too. I can’t wait to see what they create, and we’ll share it with you too, so watch this space!

Want to join our classes but worried you’ve missed out? 

It’s never too late! They’re designed to be accessible throughout most of the term. Our friendly tutors are always happy to have a chat and let you know what we have been up to and what our plan is for the rest of term. 

Plus, we’re bringing back our Tuesday afternoon Over 50s’ Jazz and Preschool Street dance classes. Get in touch to find out more.

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