You will need
- Device with access to the internet
- Pens or pencils
- Scrap paper
- Map of your local area
Before you begin
- This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
- You can use this activity to plan your relay, and then walk it together in your next face-to-face meeting. If you’re not meeting in person, we’ve added some ideas below to run your relay virtually.
This time it’s personal
- The person leading the activity should introduce the Olympic torch relay.
- The person leading the activity should explain that everyone will be planning their own relays around their local area. Like the Olympic torch relay, it’s all about showcasing different aspects of local history and culture.
- Everyone should split into small groups.
- Everyone should spend some time researching their local area. Groups should think of as many local landmarks, places of interest, historical buildings, or landscape features as they can. They should make a note of the location and other important information for each point. We’ve included some example ‘Things to look out for’ below.
- After a few minutes, everyone should come back together as a group to share ideas. The person leading the activity should mark all the different points on a map.
- Everyone should plot a route around the area to cover as many different points as you can.
- Everyone to choose one of the points of local interest that’s on the route.
- Everyone should go and do some more research before the next session so they have information to share with the group when they visit their point of local interest. They should find out a bit more about the place they’ve chosen and why it’s important to local history or culture.
Complete your relay
There are lots of ways to complete your local knowledge relay in your next session:
- If you’re meeting face-to-face, walk your route as a group. When you reach each person’s checkpoint, give them a chance to share the information they found out.
- If you’re meeting online, you could use Google street view to complete your route virtually.
- Set everyone the challenge of talking for 60 seconds about their checkpoint without stopping.
- Think of a creative way to ‘pass the torch’ in your Zoom call. Could you line up on the screen so that it looks like you’re passing an item from person to person between checkpoints?
If you worked out the distance your route covers, you could challenge everyone to use a step counter, like the one on your phone, or an appropriate app (these may be age restricted) to track distance and walk their part of the journey in the time between your meetings.
- Challenge everyone to visit the place they chose. Ask them to take some photos and use them to make a quiz to put the group’s local knowledge to the test.
This activity was all about being an active citizen and learning more about the local community. Ask everyone if they found out anything they didn’t already know in the activity. What was the most interesting or surprising fact that the group found out? Did they find it easy or difficult to find the information?
In a relay race, members of a team take turns to complete parts of the race. In this activity, everyone spent some time finding out about one small part of the community. By working together as a team, they managed to get a much bigger picture and find out much more about the local area than they could have by themselves.
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.