In January, The Rank Foundation hosted three residential sessions for the new Time to Shine interns and their managers at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe. There were a number of close-calls with the weather forecast (plenty of snow and rain due!), but everyone arrived safely and appeared to enjoy the residential.

This year, the Time to Shine internship programme has been co-funded by Big Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation and Jack Petchey Foundation, so the groups were split accordingly to facilitate for this.

We had arranged a tight schedule, packing in lots of activities and sessions for the interns and their managers to participate in together and also separately. This included film making with Vivid Echo for the interns (you can watch these videos below), Nordic Walking with Matt Gibbs for the managers, ‘Four Seasons’ profiling with Steve O’Smotherly from ‘Now that’s Different’ for all, and some group-introduction work for the interns and their managers to get to know each other, and get to know us at The Rank Foundation.

We were genuinely impressed at the enthusiasm, vigour and proactive nature of all of the interns, and we are excited to see what they will achieve over the next year.