Young people had the chance to experience a transformational journey at a nurturing retreat organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Reach Leaving Care Team.

Seven care leavers were able to take part in activities and workshops designed to change their mindset, practice gratitude, set intentions, connect with others, learn breathing techniques and more at The Little Earth Centre in Tettenhall recently.

They worked with founder Aman Bhandal and Breath Work Facilitator Randeep Dhillon, enjoyed a free lunch donated by Asda and went home with a gift to support their wellbeing journey thanks to donations from their Grandmentors and local small businesses. 

Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The day was planned to support the emotional, mental and physical health of our young care leavers and show them a different way to live, and it had a real impact. 

“The young people who took part left feeling calm, safe, at peace, more confident and wanting to learn more. I am proud of them for pushing past any discomfort they may have felt, engaging in the activities and choosing to take a step towards positive change. 

"On behalf of the Reach Leaving Care Team I'd like to thank Aman and Randeep for giving the young care leavers this opportunity, and we hope to be able to offer more of these experiences to our care leavers in the future."

One care leaver said: "At the start of the day I was tired and feeling a bit stressed but I immediately felt relaxed when we got there. I really enjoyed all the activities that we did and found the whole experience so beautiful. By the end of the day I was feeling a lot more awake and feeling good energy I also had a very good night's sleep – I would definitely visit again."