On Tuesday 21st February 2023, SCTSP ran a bouldering workshop for a group of our young service users. This event took place at Boulder Central, West Bromwich.
Children affected by Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia blood conditions often face significant challenges in their daily lives. One of the ways we offer support is by providing opportunities to participate in activities that promote physical activity, social interaction and mental well-being.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing which involves climbing short, challenging routes without the use of ropes or harnesses. It requires strength, agility and problem-solving skills making it a great activity for young people to develop physical and mental skills.
Despite their conditions, the young people were determined to tackle the routes. They did well to encourage each other as they progressed. Parents who attended the event were equally impressed, noticing the confidence the children showed as they climbed.
For many of these children, attending the bouldering workshop was an opportunity to do something they may not have had the chance to do before. It was a chance to push themselves and to achieve something new.
"(My favourite thing was) when we played the lava floor game"- young person affected by Sickle cell
Events like these are incredibly important for children with life-limiting conditions. They provide a chance for children to participate in activities that promote their physical, mental and social wellbeing whilst also providing them with the opportunity to build self-esteem and confidence. Thank you to the Grantham Yorke Trust for making this event possible.