This February half term, Aico welcomed 35 children to their Headquarters in Oswestry for four fun-filled days of activities. Working in partnership with Shropshire Youth Association, the initiative brought together local children to encourage creativity, teamwork, and personal development.

Shropshire Youth Association (SYA) is a registered charity supporting a wide range of youth clubs, groups, and organisations across Shropshire as well as Telford and Wrekin.

Aico regularly welcomes school groups to their headquarters for educational activities. With the popularity of these school visits and the great success of the summer club held in August 2023, Aico was keen to continue welcoming children to engage with local families and alleviate potential pressure during school holidays.

The Kid’s Club was led by experienced and qualified leaders from SYA and supported by Aico colleagues across a number of departments, all of whom are fully safeguarding trained and DBS checked.

Running from Monday to Thursday, the schedule included a variety of activities, from hockey to badge making, board games to cookie decorating. The children also enjoyed an exciting trip to Lazer Tag at Black Hawk in Oswestry.

The closing day included an informative Fire Safety Workshop run by staff from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. The workshop incorporated a spot the fire hazard activity and joining in with the stop, drop and roll! The day ended with a disco in Aico’s auditorium.

Simon Clay from Shropshire Youth Association commented: “SYA colleagues and the children have had a fantastic time here at Aico this week. The venue space and facilities work really well. The Aico volunteers were extremely helpful and supportive. The children were also able to socialise with groups they may not usually be able to. It is fantastic that a local company offers a service like this to its community. Thank you again for providing such a great venue and lovely volunteers!”

Aico are proud to say that the children left with smiles on their faces and goodie bags in hand and hope to continue this successful initiative to support SYA and the local community.

Aico wants to say a big thank you to everyone involved who made the Kid’s Club such a success – SYA and their youth workers, Freya Rickman from J&PR, Black Hawk, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, and the Aico colleagues who volunteered.

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