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The Pioneer residential Adventure Activity Placement is available to social workers as a safe, short-term residential respite option for Looked After Children, and often is a better alternative to a secure placement or when a young person is leaving secure.
The primary function of an Adventure Placement is to provide a safe stable therapeutic environment where young people are supported by 2:1 staffing which allows for a planned placement move to be made in the future.
Pioneer provides the UK’s only professional purpose built residential motorsport and multi activity site for young people in the Social Care system.
Young people who are on their adventure at Pioneer will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of motorsport and outdoor activities as they settle in.
They will learn to control and operate a wide variety of electric and fossil fuelled motor driven bikes and vehicles, which include:
- Go Karts
- Moto-cross bikes
- Trials bikes
- Electric motor bikes
- 4wd Buggy’s
- Car driving
- Electric mountain bikes
- Drone flying
- Quad bikes
The ability to be mobile is an essential skill that all young people need to learn to allow them to have freedom and the ability to travel enhancing their life chances once independent.
All training is delivered by professional Pioneer instructors who have helped create a safe code of practice for the delivery of motor education and the operation of a motorsport practice facility.
Young people will achieve their Pioneer driving licence through a process of training in safe operation and learning to be in control.
Further teaching in The Highway Code and cycling proficiency test helps young people to understand the risks and the need for rules and regulations with the requirement to abide by the rules and the laws of the road to ensure we are all kept safe.
The adventure continues with a programme of on-site activities where staff encourage young people to have a go and try out a new experience:
- Power kiting
- Drone flying
- Air Rifle target practice
- Mountain biking
- Skate board and scooting
- Ball sports
- Nature walks
- Jet Skiing
- Water sports
- Outdoor activities
Engagement in Pioneer’s Adventure programme has proven to increase a young person’s self-esteem and confidence and helps them prepare for independent living in the future.
Young people will live on site in new Residential Lodges with Pioneer Residential Instructors (RI) alongside them to support with menu selection, food preparation, personal hygiene and the development of independent living skills by way of house keeping and budgeting for weekly shops and evening activities.
End of the day activities include a relaxing BBQ and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit (weather permitting), and talking through the days activity regards the lessons learnt, new skills acquired and the fun they have had and memories made.
A full picture book and portfolio of learning accompanies a young person when moving on from an Adventure Activity Placement. Staff can assist with transport and attendance to pre-arranged, court hearings, YOT meetings or new placement visits while at Pioneer and will go the extra mile to ensure a successful transition.
For some young people it may be appropriate that they enrol as a full-time student at Pioneer when the experience they have had on an Adventure Placement enables them to fully engage with a bespoke education and training programme and they show the potential to settle into a longer term placement.
Kyle's Story:``I was sent to Pioneer after going missing from my previous placement, which I didn’t like``
My new placement is going well as I had a choice in it and my social worker said I can go back to Pioneer for a week if I don’t go missing and it can be a regular thing as its educational and fits wit my plan. Happy Days!Find out more