Recently we wrote about a group of local young people who are working to set up a co-op called Glamping on a Budget – which aims to make it cheaper for people to go camping.
They held an event in the Kirkgate to promote their idea, and afterwards Paul, from the group, sent us this guest post explaining how it went.
Our experience of the challenge so far…
When the project first started we were a bit unsure about what we could do that would help other people as well as build our own skills. But looking back this whole project was only going to work if we all gave something to it and now everyone has. Our event on Friday was a great success because each person got involved and this was a big thing for a lot of us to do. It was like a jig saw puzzle – everything came together and we all worked together to make it happen.
A highlight so far has been seeing our team working hard and actually doing this – how they were so enthusiastic on the day of the event. As well as the publics reaction to our project, and coming and speaking to us. We got such a good amount of positive feedback and that gave us a boost too.
The team really took charge and took own initiative to – giving out leaflets, asking the shops to put up our posters and things. It’s really helped improve each of our confidence levels as this is something we all thought we’d be too embarrassed to do at the start. And now we’ve done int we feel really proud of ourselves and each other.
Also on the day, it felt like we all realised how well we were doing – how far we’d actually come and starting to believe in ourselves and our abilities. We’ve all been able to play to our own strengths and skills and build towards working as a team which has been brilliant.
Of everyone if I had to choose one person I’d say Kieran has progressed the most through the process. He has got a lot more confidence. He is speaking to people more, even the public on the day. He is writing things now which he wouldn’t used to do. He’s asking questions and was even answering questions to the general public. He has really come out his shell!
We all feel like we think about money differently now. Like how we can borrow instead of buy. And that there are other ways and options out there. When we went on our market research trip, all the group felt nervous at first but then we all started asking questions to the staff and the group started to take the lead. We’ve gone into a new environment and pushing out of our comfort zones which I think has really helped all of us.
We’ve realised we can make a difference and we could help a lot of people. Not just young people either but all ages – children’s, families, everyone! We can help people get out of the city , get into the country and enjoy themselves in a much cheaper way. They don’t even have to go far to get away from it all and be able to relieve stress, go with friends and family and even team building.
As the teams project leader I feel I have also improved my own leadership skills and overall the team have come on a lot and in such a short space of time!
We are all really excited to see how far we can go with this and feel like we have all learnt a lot in different ways. We really hope we can go further in the competition and raise even more awareness about a coop that can run in a community which saves people money and also raises awareness about the environmental issues too.
The photo shows me and the rest of the team, as well as Mark Lazarowicz MP at our event in the Kirkgate shopping centre on 22/2/13
Written by Paul, from Glamping on a budget.