ncounter summer 2017

What a awesome week of fun, mission, prayer and worship. 41 young people and their leaders worked hard to #beablessing to the communities they were serving. Gardens were cleared, litter picked, cars washed, friends made, the Reality bus went Hawaiian and the week ended with two Free Family Fun Days with over 500 people enjoying the sunshine!

We would like to thank all those who supported us during the week, either by hosting us, providing resources, working alongside us, feeding us and in prayer.  A particular thank you goes to the Humberstone & Hamilton Ward, Asda Hinckley (Asda Foundation), The Blakemore Foundation, Kirby Muxloe Free Church, Laburnum Road Community Church and Hinckley Methodist Church.

ncounter summer took place from 16th – 21st July 2017, across Leicestershire. For the Full Report, click here (pdf) but otherwise, enjoy some photos below:

Worship Together

Family Fun Day

Garden Clearance

Worship Team

Hawaiian Reality Bus

Full Team


Reality Training Day

Cycle The Cross

Visit our fundraising page:  https://my.give.net/cyclethecross

Donate through our website:  https://www.realityyouthproject.co.uk

Spreading over two years (2017 & 2018), a team of 5 riders and 2 support drives aim to ‘Cycle The Cross’. This will entail a Coast to Coast bike ride in 2017, followed by the infamous John o’ Groats to Lands End bike ride in 2018.

Our intention is to raise £6000 for the Reality Bus (see below). To help to raise money for this amazing cause, a massive ‘Thank You’ needs to go out to the following companies all of whom have sponsored our cycling jerseys which is of massive support to us!


  1. Garden Vitality. Landscaping and Maintenance                                    www.gardenvitality.co.uk
  2. Ubbergloves. Leicester’s leading cleaning company                               www.ubbergloves.co.uk
  3. Robert Spence. Sales and Marketing Consultant                                     www.robertspence.co.uk
  4. Greens Consultancy. Health and Safety/Human Resources                www.greensconsultancy.co.uk
  5. LE1 Architects. Leicester based Architects                                                 www.architectsle1.co.uk
  6. Haddie and Trilby. A real bakery based in Leamington Spa                 www.haddieandtrilby.com
  7. Paul Clarke. Freelance sales, training and consulting                              @buildingsaleswarriors
  8. Pulse Express Couriers. Specialist temperature controlled couriers  www.pulseexpresscouriers.co.uk
  9. Lemmy Do It. Property Maintenance Services                                                          @lemmydoit
  10. JF Gardens. Garden Maintenance                                                                jamesfryer@ntlworld.com

This follows on from our adventures in 2015, where the same 5 riders and a driver set up a large endurance cycling event, deciding to cycle the 165 miles from Countesthorpe to Canterbury in one sitting in the hope of raising funds to transform our double decker bus into a mobile youth centre to allow young people the chance to socialise in a warm and safe environment with the latest games consoles, DJ decks and all sorts of gadgets. .

One drizzly day in May 2015, we set off from Canterbury with the target of returning to Leicestershire the same day. Unfortunately, 40 miles in to the ride, Rob suffered a horrendous crash. He lost control of his bike and at approximately 20mph went flying over the handlebars and landed directly on to his left shoulder in a pile of dirt by the side of the road. The paramedics arrived and gave a blissful dose of gas and air, but unfortunately Rob still had to go to Basildon Hospital for further treatment. It was there he  discovered a snapped collar bone.

The rest of the team kept on going and didn’t once think of giving up. After being discharged from the hospital, one of the charity team members collected Rob in their car and caught up with the team so he was able to join the team in the support bus. Even with his arm in a sling,  and being quite high on pain killers, he joined the team in riding for the final half a mile to the finish line where we were greeted by all of our families, friends and we had a beautiful party to celebrate the achievement. That day, we raised just over £6000 for the charity which was put to good use on the double decker bus.

To this day, the bus is on the road 5 nights a week allowing young people the chance of spending time somewhere in a safe environment and is even hired out by schools and local councils during the day time for other events and projects.

To follow on this success, we completed the ride once again in 2016 – and I am pleased to say this time Rob actually paid attention to his riding and didn’t fall off once! We raised a further £4000 on this ride.

‘Reality Bus’ races at the Hinckley Soap Box

Well it wasn’t actually THE Reality bus but instead a model we have made especially to race on the day. It made 3 very successful runs and even completed the jump on the last run. It was great to be part of such a fun day, look out for both versions of the Reality Bus being out and about.

To find out where the full sized Bus will be over the next few weeks, and for new sessions starting in September 2017 look us up on social media

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Reality Training Day 2017

Reality Training Day 2017 – Saturday 30th September

Following on from the success of 2016, we are again organising a Reality Training Day on Saturday 30th September. We are planning to include relevant topics to all those who work/live/walk alongside young people.

Be encouraged by our 2016 report on our Training Day webpage and get in touch, if you’d like to join us in 2017.

WKND March 2017

10th – 11th March 2017 at Oadby Baptist Church

The WKND is fast approaching once more, so save the date and start to discuss it with your youth worker.  It’s a 24 hour residential for young people which will include lots of fun, food, friendship and a trips out.

Speak to your friendly Reality youth worker or email info@realityyouthproject.co.uk for a flyer and consent form.