Funded by Chepstow and District Rotary Club, Hope was one of 40 young people who attended the week-long course at the Forest of Dean Field Study Centre at Park End, near Lydney.
Since completing the programme, Hope has been involved in a number of volunteer projects throughout the Chepstow community.
To join the course, Hope had to undergo an interview during which she explained why she wanted to go on the course and how it would benefit her. Following the successful interview, Hope went to the Forest of Dean study centre in July and took part in team-building exercises, theory work and qualified instructors lead the students in kayaking, wall-climbing, ropework, navigation, public speaking and teamwork. The programme also included learning communication skills.
Hope is now building on what she learnt on the course to add to her skills with the aim of achieving her dream job as a probation officer in the prison service. Hope is currently doing volunteer work including helping at Chepstow Methodist Church as a waitress in the church cafe, talking to homeless and elderly people and running a toddler club and a 'messy church' craft club for children. She is also involved in Boys Brigade.
I have recently purchased the best of the Forest of Dean and Chepstow from the previous owners Paul and Sharon James. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the coming months and assure...