Ben Gooding

Ben Gooding is our adventurous activity instructor. Ben has over twenty years’ experience of working with young people, and in delivering various social inclusion projects. He also worked as a development tutor with the Prince’s Trust for seven years before joining Positif Care.

Ben holds the following qualifications:
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching
  • British Canoe Union Level 3 Kayak Coach
  • British Canoe Union Level 3 Canoe Coach
  • Mountain Leader Single Pitch Award
  • Gorge Walking sign off
  • Hill Walking sign off
  • Mountain bike Level 1 leader
  • First Aid Instructor
  • NVQ Level 2 in Outdoor Activities and Allied Occupations

Jason Williams

Jason Williams is another of our adventurous activities instructors. He has been working in the outdoor and youth work industry for over 15 years.

Working with various outdoor centres in the Brecon Beacons, as well as Youth Work charities such Fairbridge and Princes Trust. Jason has over 25 years’ experience enjoying adventurous activities, and has been fortunate to have worked and climbed in the French & Austrian Alps, the Italian Dolomites and often gets away to Spain on trips.

Jason holds the following qualifications:
  • Local Cave and Mine Leader
  • Single Pitch Award ( Rock Climbing Instructor)
  • Sea Cliff Climbing Validation
  • Gorge Walking Validation
  • White Water Safety & Rescue
  • First Aid

“ Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. ”

Achievable Qualifications

As part of Positif care Adventurous Activities each young person will complete an educational workbook focusing on personal and social skills including worksheets for history, maths, science and more. The main skills that we work on are communication, managing feelings, goal setting, working with others and confidence. Our young people are included selecting the programme of activities and are encouraged with challenge by choice. Before the day’s activity the young person sets out goals for that day using plan, do, review. Activity programmes are designed specific to the young person’s needs.

National Navigation Award Scheme – Outdoor Discovery Award (ODA) Level 1-3 John Muir Award

First Aid Qualification - 8hr Emergency First Aid option to achieve a higher qualification

Climbing – National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Level 1-3

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze, Silver, Gold

British Canoe Union - Paddling Awards Level 1-3

Positive Changes

Positif Care hold an AALA License (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) licence number 17519. The licence show’s that Positif Care has been inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, with particular attention paid to our safety management systems with young people, and the company has demonstrated compliance with nationally accepted standards of good practice in the delivery of adventure activities to young people, with due regard to the benefits and risks of the activity.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Positif care is a licenced direct delivery centre for providing the Duke of Edinburgh Award for the young people that are in our care. As part of the young person’s journey with Positif Care our young people will have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Award this course is a life-changing experience. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
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The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 14-24-year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and University and job applications.
The DofE licenses organisations that work with young people to run DofE programmes, such as schools, colleges, youth groups and clubs. Through the Licensed Organisation (LO) young people (or their parents / carers) pay for a Participation Place and are supported by Leaders who support them through their programmes, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Positif care is a licenced direct delivery centre for providing the Duke of Edinburgh Award for the young people that are in our care. As part of the young person’s journey with Positif Care our young people will have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Award this course is a life-changing experience. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
OPEN

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life. 14-24-year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and University and job applications.
The DofE licenses organisations that work with young people to run DofE programmes, such as schools, colleges, youth groups and clubs. Through the Licensed Organisation (LO) young people (or their parents / carers) pay for a Participation Place and are supported by Leaders who support them through their programmes, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE.

Adventuring and Activities

Activities at Positif Care

Hill Walking, Mountaineering and Local History

Our young people will explore the beauty of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains National Park in South Wales. The national park has four mountain ranges to explore, with rolling hills and rugged terrain, providing us with a fantastic variety of walking routes to choose from as well as allowing flexibility to tailor each mountain walking session to suit most ages and abilities all using the natural terrain of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains including the highest peak in South Wales, Pen-y-Fan, standing at 886m above sea level. Our instructors are very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife learning about the different wildlife and nature that the area as to offer including the Red Kite the largest bird of prey in Wales. Our young people will learn essential navigation and hill safety skills leading to achieving a Duke of Edinburgh award.

Indoor climbing and Outdoor climbing

Our young people will be introduced to the sport of climbing in a safe and structured environment. Climbing as an activity is a physically demanding sports that combines fitness and agility. With this activity our young people will set they own personal goals and like all activities challenge by choice is the fundamental learning style. The young people will learn how to belay others and manage the risk of this alongside achieving a nationally recognised qualification. Climbing can take place indoors on manmade walls or outside on natural rock.

Stand up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boards came from the sport of surfing and originated in Hawaii. It is a great activity for building strength, balance and co-ordination. Our young people will be taught the essential skills to be able to successfully paddle the SUP as part of a group in different environments.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Under the guidance of our qualified British Canoe Union instructors, the young will learn the skills and techniques in an Open canoe and a Kayak as part of achieving paddling qualifications. The young people also learn about the history of paddling, different environments and the risk and planning needed to be on the water.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Our young people will learn the essential skills to control the bike over different terrains improving their fitness, balance and confidence. Our young people will be involved in the planning.

Gorge Walking

Gorge walking also known as canyoning is a great activity for building Teamwork and confidence as our young people will push themselves over various obstacles such as jumping off waterfalls or sliding down rocks. During the activity the young people learn about assessing risk and water safety.

Orienteering/Treasure hunt/ Geocaching

Orienteering is a sport that involves our young people finding hidden objects known as markers. Our young people will learn basic navigation skills including how to use a map and compass. Sessions take place in various locations in south wales. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using maps and Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices. The aim is to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Bush Crafts

Our young people will experience setting up a camp and the safe use of knives and saws, fire lighting, shelter building, cooking with fire, foraging, wood craft, nature watching and much more… Like all activities undertaken by Positif care our young people will experience the wilderness in a safe manor learning essential skills.

You can contact our team of skilled residential care workers anytime!