From time to time the Drop-in organises a regular activity as a response to interest in, or a suggestion from, the members. In the past these have included electric guitar lessons, Real Care Baby sessions, fortnightly football, maths tuition, Girls’ nights, among others. Currently members are happy to attend the Drop-in as a more informal space where each session is different, and a range of creative, fun, artistic and/or energetic activities take place.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Group – The Drop-in has been a D of E Centre for over seven years, and has successfully seen Bronze, Silver and Gold groups through their expeditions and other elements.
Trips and Expeditions - As a part of our regular consultations with members, the Drop-in collects feedback about activities and trips that are most popular. Day trips have included a wide range of activities over the past decade: water-sports, paintballing, go-karting, shopping trips, archery, outdoor and indoor climbing, indoor skiing, football (playing and watching), curling, skating, cinema, restaurants and many many more.
For residential trips, the Drop-In reacts to the young people’s enthusiasm for an idea, and then begins the process of supporting them to plan and raise funds to make it a reality. Destinations have included outdoor activity centres, London (twice), Belfast, Prague, Paris and Rome. Groups have been as small as six young people and as many as 22. The road travelled from the beginning of an idea to the day of departure is at least as important to the young people as the adventure itself, and the Drop-In experiences huge satisfaction from supporting the young people and watching them develop and grow throughout this process.
The DropIn’s first ever residential trip, two nights at Wiston Lodge near Biggar, 2005