Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) are, as far as we know, unique in the UK in having a youth section of the Search and Rescue Team; Icelandic teams on the other hand have youth sections in almost 50% of their teams. The project, funded by North Pennines LEADER+ is aimed at learning and sharing ideas and techniques between Teams, and giving young people a cultural exchange experience between groups with similar aims.
The programme of events during the visit was quite intensive and allowed the 12 Youth Team members of the TWSMRT to work closely with their Icelandic partners.
The Youth Team are now looking for new members - they must be 16+ and have an interest in the work of mountain search and rescue and outdoor activities. They should contact Chris Roberts - Youth Team Leader either via the
youth section of the website or by writing to The Rescue Centre, Bede Kirk, Barnard Castle DL12 8DJ
27th July 2006