It's day two in Ridgeway House...
The sun has been shining over Mill Hill School today and it finally feels as though spring has sprung. There's something about our visits here, which always makes clear blue skies appear.
Having rested our vocal chords after an evening of karaoke, the morning started the way every morning should- with a hearty breakfast to prepare us all for the busy day ahead.
We quite literally got 'stuck in' to the first activity of the day; casting. After mixing the alginate together, the teens placed their hands or feet into the mixture for 3-5 minutes to create a mould, which when filled with plaster and left to set, creates a casting. We can't wait for the big reveal to see everyone's work of art.
Also on the agenda for this morning was a brownie making session. Teens Unite volunteer, Spyroulla treats us all to her legendary homemade brownies at each Activity Stay and this time round she shared her secret recipe with us. But that's for us to know and you to find out!
Lunchtime brought yet more excitement, as we had a visit from comedian, actor and television presenter, Richard Ayoade. He's here filming a commercial, so he took the time to meet the young people and hear about the work of Teens Unite.
This afternoon was all about team building and working together as the teens were divided into groups and set the task of building the tallest tower out of balloons. Answering correct answers throughout the challenge earned their team an advantage. The winning tower measured 2.33 metres.
The fun didn't stop there! Later, we were joined by MC Zani from the Beatbox collective. MC Zani ran a workshop teaching us how to breakdown beatbox sounds, and patterns and join them together to make a Teens Unite group mix. He conducted us as we became an orchestra of beatboxers!
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who have helped today run smoothly; Spyroulla, Angie, Anita and Nav.
Tune in tomorrow to read all about our day of yoga, screen printing and our celebratory dinner.
Detailed below are our events for Teens, Volunteers, Fundraising and Challenges.
Volunteering with Teens Unite has changed my personality and outlook on life. When I hear all the amazing things the teens say about Teens Unite, I can tell they mean every word.
Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.
When Elliot started receiving the support of Teens Unite, I could see a change in him straightaway. His outlook on life was becoming positive again and I gained strength from seeing my little boy accepting what had happened and starting to move forward.
I needed help and that's where Teens Unite came in. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason I met Teens Unite was to save my life.
With Teens Unite, I finally realised that I could climb out of this massive hole that I had been digging because I wasn't alone anymore.
If it wasn't for Teens Unite, I wouldn't be where I am now. They have been really supportive and given me the strength to push myself and not give up.