for 14 to 18 year olds (2 years)
Up to 10 young people from all over Cornwall meet for twelve residential weekends a year, for two years. This residential weekend project is called Acceler8.
Active8 started this youth group because young people were isolated and wanted something they could join in with. The members travel a long way to get together, put a lot into the weekends and, as you can see from the photos on this site, they spend some memorable times together. Acceler8 can help you get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, sport, music, community groups and many other activities which use your skills and talents to the full. Numbers are limited because of space: we try to give the places to those who need it most. Are you someone who could join Acceler8? If so, go for it!
Each project is designed for the needs of the individuals but here is a list of events the current Acceler8 have done in the first year of their project.
WHAT IS ACCELER8?
JUNE - Intro day and Addams Family musical
JULY - Taster day Graffiti session
AUGUST - Quad biking and water sports
SEPTEMBER - The Eden project arts and craft festival and cinema
OCTOBER - Sailing
NOVEMBER - Cartoon workshop, Glow in the Park fundraiser and powerchair football. As well as attending the South West Children in Need party.
DECEMBER - Christmas meal with the Active8 family, cake making workshop and Christmas shopping
JANUARY - Living Coast and bowling
FEBRUARY - Driving assessments, wheelchair basketball, theatre trip and
Duke of Edinburgh prep
MARCH - Bowling, graffiti workshop and Duke of Edinburgh prep
APRIL - Paignton Zoo and first aid training
MAY - Drum workshop, circus and Duke of Edinburgh prep
JUNE - Spa day and Duke of Edinburgh prep
JULY - Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition. Also attended the Kidz to
Adultz exhibition in Bristol.
WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE SAY
'Welcome to Acceler8 (Even if there are more than 8 of you) If you're up for it, the next two years will be full of wicked weekends suited both to being active, enabling you all, no matter what your ability to try something you never thought possible. As well as chilled out weekends where the most you'll probably do is sit around, chat, watch DVDs and get advice on stuff that's troubling you. Accler8, if you'll let it will become one of the best weapons in your arsenal, it'll open you up as a person, lead you to awesome opportunities and be the most exciting part of your month. It gets even better though, as you'll be doing all of this with a group of fellow young people who you'll instantly connect with and be able to swap and share experiences. Not to mention you'll also be introduced to a group of dedicated volunteers who are sure to make your weekends ones you won't forget for a long time!'
'Acceler8 is such an incredible experience, as a member you will get to take part in activities that you may never have thought would be possible! As a person you will grow each month and share the whole experience with people that you will stay in contact with long after the two years are up. It is such an exciting experience, you will never want to leave and the memories that you build will stay with you forever!'
Wow what can I say the last 2 years has been the most amazing experience ever ! These people has changed my life for ever thank you for being the best group ever I have done so much with active 8 that I would never have done if it wasn’t for them I would be in a different place if I never join this group
I’m so so so glad I did I don’t regret anything. Thank you for an awesome experience over the 2 years just want to let people know if you have a disability don’t let everyone or anything stop you you can do anything! And achieve everything you want to
Thank you for an experience of a life time with the stuff I’ve done !
Friends for life now love you all so so much. Roll on the future with these lot The thing I’ve learnt is wheel chairs never stop you !! See you all soon !! Xx