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Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Wiltshire Go Event 2018

DKHT Go Event.jpg 8On Wednesday 23rd May, we held our Go celebration event at West Lavington Village Hall. The evening showcased the incredible work the young people have achieved over the past 5 weeks.

With over 40 in attendance including the Blagrave Trust, sole funders for the programme, Ben Hilton, CEO for DKHT, Zoe Rucker, founder of the May Mile, WASP Board Members the young people and their families and the Youth Action Wiltshire team that supported delivery of the DKHT Get on Track programme, the event was a huge success.

The event entailed networking and refreshments on arrival, followed by a welcome speech by our very own Steve Neale, a thank you speech from Cleo Evans who helped delivered on the programme, a well done speech from Tessa Hibbert at Blagrave Trust followed by a presentation from DKHT Athletes, David Hill & Rich Parker. They explained the ethos behind Get on Track and gave a description of the type of activities we got involved in over the past 5 weeks.

The young people were invited on stage to collect an impressive number of certificates from qualifications they had completed over the past 5 weeks, this included; Safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Sports Leaders Level 1, First Aid, Community Organisers, and a thank you for volunteering at the May Mile.

Whilst volunteering at the May Mile, the young people choose to raise funds for Julia’s House and was pleased to hand over a cheque of just over £300 to the Children’s Hospice Charity.

It was then over to the young people themselves to explain what they had enjoyed most and learnt from completing the course.

We as a team are so pleased and proud to say that every single young person succeeded and what a massive achievement it was for them all. Well done.

The programme doesn’t end here though, we have already received several support and work placement opportunities for the young people from local businesses and organisations.

We also have Keep in Touch days where we meet as a group to continue supporting and encouraging these young people on their life journey’s.  


Working in partnership with and thanks to:

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Case study. Wiltshire. Amber

Before the programme Amber was doing A-level Art and spending a lot of time at home, but wanted to get out more, but wasn’t confident speaking with people and didn’t like trying new things. Amber said she was unsure where she was heading in the future.

Wilts OYM 4 002Regarding sport, Amber always liked sport and said “It makes me happy and gives me a reason to not be bored at home”. Before the programme Amber was swimming twice per week for the town club and also attended trampoline once a week recreationally. Since starting G.O.T. Amber has increased the amount of sport she does, she has started swimming an extra two times a week and also found the confidence to join a new club which meets once a week to do mixed sport sessions and is really enjoying it.

When asked about her experience with the athletes Amber said “The athletes helped make me feel more confident”. Amber said the athletes have made the course more fun and said that she found the athlete stories really interesting.

About the course as a whole: “Definitely good, it’s brought out the best of me that I didn’t know I had”  “I have grown in confidence and it’s given me more friends”

When asked about what she had learned on the programme she said she had gained skills through the CV construction session and that the mock interviews had taught her a lot. Amber had never had an interview before so said it felt good now knowing what to expect.

Amber’s favourite part of the programme was going away on the residential as it was a different and new experience, she really enjoyed trying new activities there especially the snowboarding. Amber said she wouldn’t change anything about the programme.

“It’s been really good and it’s made me more confident and better at talking to people”

Amber would like to continue to volunteer as a community champion through engagement with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) to help her achieve her goal of becoming a swimming and sports coach.

ConnorCase study. Wiltshire. Connor

Before the programme Connor said his life was quite boring, he didn’t have much going on and he was unsure about his future. He loved sport though and went boxing twice a week, he also regularly played football with his friends. Since starting the programme Connor has become more dedicated to fitness and now also goes jogging every night.

Connor said about the athlete involvement that it made the programme more fun and active. He said that the athletes helped him to improve his confidence with meeting and talking to new people. This improvement is something that Dave Hill and Rich Parker have definitely seen and noticed in Connor.

Before starting the programme Connor said he didn’t expect it to be any good, but he is really enjoying it and is enjoying learning new things and the variety that the programme is offering. Connor said it has made him much more confident to talk out loud in group situations and to speak with new people and feels that is a direct result of being on the programme.

Since being on G.O.T. Connor says other than confidence he has also learned more about job interviews. Having never attended an interview before, Connor found the mock interview really helpful.

Connor feels the most beneficial part of the programme for him was the OYM phase as it got him used to others and confident with the group. He would have liked there to be more sport involved in the programme and found some of the external delivery from the people who came in to talk about CV skills quite boring.

Connor now has found a career pathway that he wants to pursue following on from his successful participation with the DKHT programme. 

Summing up the programme Connor said, “It’s been helpful for me to learn new stuff, it has pushed me to talk to new people and improve at that”.

Connor would like to become an outward-bound instructor for PGL and will be supported onto Youth Action Wiltshires (YAW) Building Bridges project, now that he has developed the confidence needed to gain the qualifications required to achieve his goal.

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