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Whether splashing in the mud or climbing the tallest peaks, you can help to ensure that
all young people have access to
life-changing experiences.

"When I met Mike from Your Adventure I had just come out of prison and was heading for another big jail sentence, I was involved with the wrong people and had no hope. I didn’t care about myself because nobody else did. But Mike gave me a chance and after some training I became a mentor on the ACE project. Mike saw my potential not my past... I realised any young person from any background can achieve anything with the right support and guidance." Alain Kacou, 24, Volunteer

Ages 0 - 4

With strong evidence backing the importance of the link between early intervention into a child's development, we don’t think it’s ever too early to begin an adventure. Exploring the woods or delving into the world of minibeasts proves a fun and challenging approach to learning new skills.

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"Hannah had such a positive experience with Your Adventure, she had an excellent time and is looking forward to her next adventure."
Tracy McDougall, Parent

Over 20%
of children are living in poverty in the UK

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Meet Rob

Rob started his journey with Your Adventure at the age of 7, meeting Woolly & Jumper our goats!

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Meet Rob

Rob now 22, recalls his childhood memories with Your Adventure as being some of the happiest moments of his life.

Rob grew up visiting our adventure centres throughout his primary years and still remembers core geography and science skills, taught using the gradient of a hillside or learning about the power of forces whilst kayaking on open water.

"Learning with pen and paper was always hard for me, but I found it easy to learn a subject when you could relate it to an adventurous experience and have fun at the same time!"Rob Jarvis.

 

Climbing high peaks and scrambling through deep gorges, Rob was inspired to use adventure in his higher education and began to mentor younger children in the outdoors with Your Adventure. This led to Rob gaining a traineeship through Your Adventure, giving him the experience and qualifications he needed to become an outdoor instructor.

“Without the guidance and support of Your Adventure, I would not be in the career I’m in today.” Rob Jarvis

Activities

  • Minibeasts
  • Bear Hunt
  • Fruit Picking
  • Habitats
  • Pond Dipping
Over half of UK children have never been to the countryside.

32,000 children with Your Adventure last year 38,455 packed lunches served 15 the height (in meters) of our climbing wall

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Meet Alain

Alain was spiralling into a life of crime but Your Adventure gave him a second chance.

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Meet Alain

Before

Growing up in the care system, Alain lacked parental guidance, leaving him lost and unsure of the man he should become. This left Alain vulnerable and easily led into a life of crime. At just 15 Alain began dealing drugs which inevitably led to a prison sentence.

Your Adventure Experience

When he came out of prison Alain was unable to settle back into the classroom environment. Alain fell back into the wrong crowd, and felt, in his words “I didn’t care [about myself] because nobody else did”.

Then Alain was introduced to Mike Penny at Your Adventure. Mike was running outdoor adventures for children in care and was on the lookout for young people to get involved as mentors.  After some coaching and tutoring, Mike saw the potential in Alain and he was given the opportunity to mentor the children during their stay. Seeing at first hand the impact adventure can have on children, and his own ability to become a role model, Alain realised the potential to inspire others as well as turn his own life around.

Present

Without this second chance, Alain has no doubt that he would have reverted back to a life of crime with no future.

Alain now mentors children on a regular basis through the Your Adventure programme, helping other young people to find a new direction in their lives. After working with Your Adventure, Alain now believes that any person from any background can achieve anything with the right support and guidance and that adventure can play a really important role in bringing out the best in people.

Ages 5 - 11

Adventure can be used in many ways for children at this age. Your Adventure partners with schools to encourage the use of outdoor activities as an element of development for social skills and learning. This age usually involves the step up to secondary education and a smooth transition is critical to a child’s future education. Your Adventure provides support through this transition using adventure to build relationships, trust and confidence.

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"Learning outside the classroom could make an important contribution to pupils' future economic well-being and to preparing them for the next stage of their lives."
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Ages 12 - 16

At this critical turning point of a young person's life Your Adventure offers opportunities to explore further afield and experience life in the great outdoors. We use the outdoors as an inspirational learning space and have seen time and time again that introducing a young adult to adventure learning can dramatically improve their academic ability or act as a catalyst to a new way of thinking. Understanding the importance of a progressive, planned adventure and the powerful impact it can have at this age, we have developed The ACE Project. A leadership development course equipping children and young people with the experiences, skills and qualifications needed to make the most of opportunities that come their way.

"In secondary school, I had a really tough time adjusting. Things were tough at home, and I seemed to always be in trouble. At a Your Adventure centre, I learned how to keep my emotions under control and gained a lot of confidence and self-respect."
Rob, 16

40%
of 15 year olds are
sedentary for more than
5 hours a day each
weekend

40%
of young people with fewer than five GCSEs graded A* to C said they "always" or "often" feel down or depressed, compared with 30 per cent of young people who are more qualified

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Meet Darnell, 13

Darnell has joined us on a youth development programme. Learning outdoors taught him how to deal with his anger and work as a team.

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Meet Darnell, 13

Darnell has just completed his first steps in our youth leadership programme –The Ace Project.  Using adventure enabled him to work as a team and control his anger.

Darnell was one of the first participants on The Ace Project, an innovative youth development programme to build life skills. At the start of the weekend Darnell admitted to problems with controlling his anger, finding it hard to work with his peers and effectively take instruction.

Using adventure Darnell realised his potential to become a leader. Whether encouraging a team to scale the climbing wall or navigating through the woods, Darnell triumphantly led his team to success. With his new found natural leadership abilities, Darnell intends on continuing his journey with Your Adventure, his ultimate goal is to become a mentor, helping other children discover the benefits adventure.

 

Kieran's First Adventure

Meet Kieran, 13

Kieran joined us on our ACE leadership programme, overcoming his fear of heights on the climbing wall.

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Kieran's First Adventure

Meet Kieran, 13

Kieran joined us on our ACE leadership programme, overcoming his fear of heights on the climbing wall.

Kieran finds it hard to concentrate at school, leaving him lacking in confidence. The opportunity to join Your Adventure on The Ace Project was a chance to discover hidden talents in a new and exciting environment.

When faced with the challenge of the 15mtr climbing wall Kieran had to meet his fear of heights head on.

With the support and encouragement of the Your Adventure team Kieran was able to rationalise his fears and was the first to conquer the wall!  Learning how adventure can help you overcome your fears and push yourself to the limit, Kieran now knows he can achieve anything and aspires to become an RAF pilot.

Ages 16+

With youth unemployment at a record high we have developed a journey from childhood through to adulthood; whereby a young person is given the opportunity to learn essential life skills over a sustained period, improving their employability. Adventure changes lives and can be used as a vehicle to develop and enhance personal skills such as confidence, self-esteem and communication. We have developed a range of professional development courses for people wanting to inspire others through adventure. The programme contains a wide range of courses for staff involved in outdoor education who would like to introduce outdoor learning or develop further their current programmes and educational visits. There are a range of courses available suitable for both experienced practitioners and those looking to start developing outdoor learning for the first time, including; nationally recognised qualifications, professional development training for educators and general interest subjects for adults delivering adventure at all levels.

88%
of participants on our employability skills programme went onto find employment.

"The ACE pilot proved a great success with 100% of the children saying they would like to return." Ace Project