OPEN Youth Trust Indoor Climbing School Trips Norwich Norfolk

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East of England

Open Norwich 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College

OPEN's Schools enrichment programme is ideal for pupils who are in transition, finding it difficult to engage in school and need some extra support to develop their confidence and self-esteem or for celebration events.

Listed under: Dance | Team Building | Special Educational Needs (SEN) | Personal Development-Mentoring | Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres | Film Making | Duke of Edinburgh Award | Crafts | Climbing, High Ropes & Zipwires | Day Trip Destinations | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | Music | Food and Nutrition | Drama / Performing Arts | Climbing Centres

What we offer

Following the OPEN Youth Trust's core values ‘passion, respect, community, diversity and inspiration’ OPEN’s aims are to provide diverse and innovative ways to engage young people our Enrichment Activities for Schools underpin all of the Trust's work with young people.

We are able to provide exciting opportunities for children and young people to develop their skill set, increase their confidence and make many new friends with a longer term aim of making a positive difference to their lives and careers.

These activities are accessible to children and young people of varying ages, abilities and backgrounds and seek to engage children and young people in a variety of positive activities within the fields of:

Arts and media
• Sports and fitness
• Health and wellbeing
• Dance and performing arts
• Education and training
• Employability and volunteering

OPEN was established in 2005 to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk, including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer term aim of making a positive difference to their lives.

The OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) is a charity based in Norwich which relies on grant funding and donations from trusts, companies and individuals to raise the funds needed to support our work with young people. Any penny of profit made from educational visits will go straight back into the charities work.

The charity, based in the heart of Norwich, is also home to a multi-purpose venue which provides live music and venue hire for conferences rooms, meetings and events as well as secure storage through CLOSED.

The profit from these commercial activities enables the charity to offer a diverse range of different activities, most of which are free to attend, for young people aged 7 – 25.

OPEN Youth Venue has a range of delivery spaces available for school visits including a large commercial kitchen, the tallest climbing wall in East Anglia, a fully equipped dance studio and a high tech recording studio. This enables us to offer students a vast range of positive activities at a fantastic price.

What makes us a great choice?

OPEN has been working with young people for over 10 years. We offer high quality non-formal learning, helping young people through the difficult transitional years towards adulthood. We offer opportunities outside school to raise sights and broaden horizons. Young people respond well to experiential life-skills learning which makes them participants in well-crafted simulation.

Young people who access OPEN often experience some of the following disadvantages - mental health issues, learning difficulties, disability, rural isolation, substance misuse, youth offending, low confidence, poor self-esteem and aspirations, low income and unemployment.

OPEN staff are highly experienced in managing the above issues and can adapt their delivery style to best meet the needs of young people. OPEN’s activity days, courses and enrichment sessions are a fantastic tool to build students confidence, self esteem, team building and peer networks. School staff can be confident that through attending sessions at OPEN students will be safe, have fun and learn a whole host of new skills.

Accreditation and Awards

OPEN has an ‘Ambition quality’ Kite mark. OPEN is also an approved NICAS, Arts Award and ASDAN Centre, and we are part of Children’s University. We are currently in the process of applying for a LOcC Quality Badge and have all insurances in place to deliver learning outside the classroom provision.

Group Sizes Catered For

15-90 children or young people

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, the school will need to have media consent for all pupils attending our service if the children wish to take photos, video or audio. We can provide our own consent form prior to the visit if school staff would prefer.

Risk Assessment Details

We provide risk assessments for all activities delivered by OPEN Youth Trust which will be sent to the school prior to the educational visit, if teachers would like to carry out their own risk assessment prior to the visit this can be arranged through email or telephone.

Education Officer Information

Our Head of Youth Services arranges all provision for school groups, the contact details are as follows:
Name: Charlene Ledgard

Telephone: 01603 774350

Pricing Information

Activity day - Cost:

Up to 20 pupils: £6 per pupil per activity
20-50 pupils: £5 per pupil per activity
50-90 pupils: £4 per pupil per activity

Weekly Course:

£50 + VAT per hour

Outreach work: - Cost:

£35 per hour + VAT (within a 10 mile radius of OPEN, any additional travel will be costed into quote)

Clothing Requirements

Comfortable clothes should be worn with closed toe shoes if the trip will involve climbing or fencing.

First Aid Information

OPEN will have a first aider on site.

Available Facilities

OPEN has a large café area where children and young people can eat a packed lunch, we can provide students with packed lunches for only £3.00. We have a café that sells hot drinks, milkshakes, smoothies and fizzy drink. We have confectionary as well as hot a cold food. We have a swap shop on site and OPEN merchandise for sale. Students will not need to bring money however if they wish to buy items from the café or merchandise stand the prices range from 70p- £7.50

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

OPEN Youth Venue has disabled access to all areas. Please inform us prior the the event if you require any additional assistance for disabled children.

Opening Hours & Information

Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm


Becky Arnold Assistant Principle at Wymondham College

Our students who engaged in the Enrichment day loved it. The day was very well organised and all the activity leaders were friendly and enthusiastic. The team manipulated the day to ensure that all our needs were met and worked with us to advise how best to meet our objectives. The facilities were excellent and the space motivational. Several students after the day have since returned to Open to participate in activities.

Angela Younger- Assistant Head- Hall School Norwich

Many of the students at Hall school have benefited from the services offered by OPEN, both in school and at the Bank Plain Centre.

The After School sports club, which is our latest project in conjunction with OPEN has been a resounding success. We have been able to offer places pupils of all ages and with a wide range of physical, medical, behavioural and medical needs. OPEN has supported the project by providing a dance coach for these sessions which has enabled us to run the sessions on the school site. This flexibility has been very much appreciated by our parents and pupils.

Caron Goreham- Work Placement coordinator- City College Norwich

Our Level 2 Public Service students completed their volunteer training delivered by the team from the Open who were enthusiastic and engaging. The students enjoyed visiting Open to see the fantastic facilities and the volunteering opportunities available to them. They developed skills working with others and came away understanding the benefits of volunteering. This is valuable experience to add to their CV’s and will help them into employment in the future

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