A residential trip to the English countryside - Refugee Council
August 5, 2015

A residential trip to the English countryside

This year, the beautiful Magdalen Farm in Somerset played host to the Refugee Council Children’s Section annual residential trip.

Since 1994 The Refugee Council Children’s Section has worked directly with separated children and those who have experienced trafficking. It’s the only national service of its kind and works with around 1,000 separated children every year from all over the world, including Eritrea, Afghanistan, Albania and Syria.

Twelve young people attended the three-day educational trip, participating in a wonderful range of new activities.

They tried their hands at orienteering, cooking, obstacle courses, and even crafting wooden benches. They took part in feeding the animals, story telling and designing and making their own wooden key ring souvenirs.

Refugee Council Youth Development Coordinator Joe Jakes who accompanied the group to Somerset said: “They had such a positive learning experience. They were introduced to organic farming practices and learned about sustainable development and rural life.

“On a social level, the trip was a resounding success. New friendships were built, and the teamwork and group spirit during competitive challenges was so great to watch.

“The trip massively increased their happiness and confidence.”

The young people said they have been laughing and smiling since they returned, adding: “thank you for this amazing trip”, “thank you for everything you do”.

It’s your support that makes events like these possible. Thank you from our young people and from everyone at the Refugee Council.