After a late night singing along to our favourite tunes at the Reunion Stay Karaoke Night, we were up early again for breakfast together before a busy day ahead! We were pleased to wake up to the sun shining today, helping us to feel energised and ready for our final day at Mill Hill.
There were two new Reunion Stay Workshops on offer today - a Wellbeing Session with Teens Unite Events Executive Shelley, and an Upcycling Workshop with the lovely Jane and Helen from Portobello Interiors.
Our Upcycling Workshop enabled us to learn a new skill that we can use daily; whether we have old, dated furniture that needs a bit of sprucing up or manage to find some treasures in a charity shop that can be upcycled and then given a new home. The process began with choosing our item and colours, which Jane and Helen helped us to prepare. The process of painting our items (ranging from tea trays to jars and even a guitar!) with Annie Sloan paints was incredibly theraputic and satisfying. We could then use a decoupage technique to apply thin, patterned paper to our products, giving them a little extra special touch. Some of the finished products were just stunning; from Sarah's mirror decorated with a dainty vine style paint pattern, to Finley's upcycled guitar with stencilled stars and Liam's beautifully colour coordinated tea tray, the young people will be taking home lots of great creations - as well as a new skill!
The Wellbeing Session also went down a treat - it was wonderful to be able to unwind and relax a little during this busy Reunion Stay! Shelley talked each group through hand massage techniques, which they were then able to practice on each other. Tawanda was a complete expert having tried these techniques before at University! We were also able to try some theraputic face masks, have our nails painted and also make Purple, Green and White Smoothies (in line with the Teens Unite colours of course!). Meanwhile, our lovely Volunteer Rosemary ran a tasty cupcake decorating session, with Georgia making the tallest icing tower we have ever seen on top of her cake!
The atmosphere in the house was buzzing as the Teens got suited and booted ready for our Celebration Dinner. The time really has flown by this week, but we have taken part in so many activities and just about had the energy left for one last night of food, laughter and chatting with friends. As we arrived at our venue, we took a moment to stop for some pictures, capturing lots of smiles and beautiful young people who share a truly special bond.
On the menu was Ham Hock Terrine, Steak and Chips and Chocolate Tart, which went down a treat. It was wonderful to also be joined by many of the volunteers who have given their time this week to ensure that the 2019 Reunion Stay was a complete success. It really was heartwarming to see all of the young people chatting together, having fun and making plans to see each other again - whether that's at future Teens Unite events or through plans of their own.
It's time to get some rest now; we'll be having a chilled out breakfast at the house tomorrow morning before saying our goodbyes! Although we'll be sad to leave, the Reunion Stay (as always) has been such a special week and we will carry the memories with us for a long, long time!
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