Residential Opportunities

New Horizon 31 July – 5 August 2017

New Horizon has been running a ministry week at the Ulster University in Coleraine, every summer since 1989.

There is an opportunity to assist with pavilion erection, site and venue preparation and site maintenance. The minimum age for volunteers is 17 years old.

For further information and an application form please visit the website at, by telephone on 028 2955 7157 or by email at

Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village deliver Gold Residential opportunities during the summer months.
If you would like more details please visit their website.

Bushmills Education Centre – Adventure Week

Monday 21st – Friday 25th August 2017
The adventure course will involve a full range of challenging and adventurous activity which may include some of the following:

* Canoeing
* Overnight camping
* Sailing
* High ropes course
* Archery
* Orienteering
* Mountain biking
* Coasteering
* Surfing
* Team games

What to do

* Apply on your own, this is a requirement of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Residential section.
* Be at least 16 years of age
* Be willing to get totally involved with the programme while enjoying the company of others.
* Fill in the application form at the bottom of this page and return with a cheque made payable to ‘Education Authority’ for £167.83 by Friday 9th June 2017.

For further details contact Bushmills Education Centre, 7 Priestland Road, Bushmills, BT57 8QP or telephone 028 2073 1599.

Grassroots Challenge Residential at Ardaluin House

Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November 2017

The Grassroots Challenge is an Environmental Youth Work initiative led by Ulster Wildlife. Our aim is to enhance young people’s understanding of local wildlife and the natural environment and to empower them to lead progressive change through active participation.
Working in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative and Belfast Activity Centre, Ulster Wildlife is pleased to invite up to 16 young people to take their ‘GOLD Residential’ at the beautiful settings of Ardaluin House in Newcastle, Co.Down.

What’s involved?

Throughout the week there will be a programme of wildlife and environmental education and outdoor adventure activities that will enable young people to develop teamwork and social skills, build self-confidence, overcome challenges and enhance their knowledge of local wildlife and the natural environment. The range of activities may include:

· Bushcraft & Woodworking
· Adventure Trail Hiking & Canoeing
· Climbing & Archery
· Camp Fire and Barbecque
· Halloween Crafts & Team-Building Games
· Building Wildlife Habitat Boxes
· Wildlife Recording – using trail cameras, bat detectors, moth traps, wildlife surveys.

Participants will have the full support and expertise of staff from Ulster Wildlife and Belfast Activity Centre and they will have the opportunity to meet other young people from across the province with similar interests in adventure, wildlife and the environment.

Meals and equipment will be provided.
COST: £120

To confirm your places and for more information contact: John McLaughlin – Grassroots Challenge DofE Project Officer.
T: 02890 463101 M: 07816065923

Please also see the Opportunity Finder…

Camp Rock 2017 Application Form

Bushmills EC Adventure Week Application Form

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