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TEENfest

Our residential weekend events for unaccompanied teenagers with TS aged 14-17 years old.

TEENfest 2023

 

TEENfest is a wonderful opportunity for teens with TS to meet other teens for a weekend of making friends, mutual support and fun. Many young people with TS have never met anyone else with tics so can often feel alone, isolated and mis-understood. This is an ideal experience to really connect with their peers which can help build self esteem and confidence.

 

VenueS 

TEENfest Blackwell 28-30 July 

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

A new venue for TEENfest! Blackwell Adventure is based at Blackwell Court and has a wonderful Scouting heritage. There is no better feeling than accomplishing something you thought was impossible and their activities help to make people feel proud! From taking that leap off the Fan Descender to finally hitting the gold on the Archery target, there is so much fun to be had along side your team mates.

 

TEENfest Herd Farm 6-8 October

Leeds, West Yorkshire

A fantastic rural retreat just 7 miles outside the city centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire, Herd Farm offers a range of outdoor activities and pursuits for groups. Set in 16 acres of tranquil countryside and a former working farm, now providing a high quality residential outdoor experience with rustic accommodation as part of the grade two listed converted barn. From giant swings to zipwires, try your hand at a whole host of adrenaline fuelled activities designed to be challenging but most of all fun!

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON 08 AUGUST 2023 AT 10PM

 

Our previous TEENfest events have been hugely succesful and life-changing for both attendees and their families. One parent wrote to us to say:

‘It was very emotional leaving him at the event. I could see how relaxed he felt just being himself and not trying to supress his tics. It was amazing and overwhelming seeing him with other people his own age. As a parent you just want your child to be happy and he was. These events are a lifeline in more ways than you can ever know. They provide safe fun weekends, friendships, the opportunity to try new things, the chance to be away from family, making decisions on their own. For family members it gives respite but it also gave me hope that he can be accepted into a social setting. I can't thank you enough’.

 

You can read what our young people took away from their weekend in these amazing blogs:

Read this summary from TEENfest 2018 by Pippa, who hosted the event with her colleague, Emma:

Please note that these events are for unnacompanied teenagers.  Staff from Tourettes Action will facilitate the weekend event, and on-site activities will be fully supervised by venue instructors.

 

Terms and conditions

All participants must have a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and be aged between 14 - 17 years old.

The cost of attending a TEENfest event is £50 per teen, and will include accomodation, activities and all meals during the weekend. 

Please contact us if you have concerns regarding payment as we want to make these events as inclusive as possible.

If you are not successful in obtaining a place your name will be put on the waiting list for your chosen event.

We understand that participants may wish to keep in contact through social media.  We encourage continued friendship and support networks, and advise that both young people and parents read our Top Tips for maintaining safety and wellbeing on social media (right hand side).

 

Our huge thanks go to our 2023 TEENfest funders

For further information please contact TA Event Manager Emma Myers