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Nov 27, 2017

Moving Mountains, A Volunteer's Perspective

What a privilege it was to be alongside the young people at the start of their YAT journey and witness, even in that first week, transformation for the better. Even though I always knew the power of adventure to change people, to see it first hand with my group was very special.

 I gained so much from volunteering on Mountain Camp - a lot of laughter and happy memories, as well as an insight into the work of YAT and its power to change; nuggets on facing challenge and fears and the different ways we each cope.

 It struck me that for some of those youngsters, to have a week of positive energy and encouragement may be quite different to what they normally experience from adults. Given their various difficulties, it’s easy to imagine that their interactions with adults isn't always so positive. Being out of their normal surrounds, meeting new people and challenges provides a perfect space for moving towards a more positive future and sense of themselves.

The next camp for these guys is Coastal Camp and I’ve already signed up to volunteer!

If you can help us again by giving towards this next adventurous instalment in these young people’s youth adventure journey please see our new campaign, Oceans of Opportunity  which goes live on #GivingTuesday this week!

You can find out more about volunteering for us on our website or by contacting Jon Rich, our Volunteers Manager on jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk.

 If you would like to get your friends involved, then you could get a team together for our 10 Peaks Challenge, 9th June 2018 or take on your own personal fundraising challenge for the Youth Adventure Trust by joining Team 25. Contact: louisa.oldfield@youthadventuretrust.org.uk for further details.  

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Aug 8, 2017

News from Mountain Camp

Time to get going
Time to get going

In the last few weeks, thanks to your support, our young people have braved the Brecons and taken part in Mountain Camp, their first residential camp with Youth Adventure Trust. 

Being away from home can be tough enough for some of our young people but Mountain Camp throws all sorts at them. It challenges them to build resilience and work together. Through the tears and laughter Mountain Camp has been a very special experience for our young people and has helped them forge friendships which will last through the programme and, we hope, beyond.

Feedback from a parent;

I am really grateful (to YAT) for giving my daughter experiences that due to my situation I am not going to be able to do with her.  Things that have helped her challenge herself and push what she believes of herself, I believe have helped her discover who she can be. All the positive adult role models are also something that I believe has helped her to grow and see good possibilities for her future!

Thank you for helping our young people to move their own mountains.

You can find out more about volunteering for us on our website or by contacting Jon Rich, our Volunteers Manager, email jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk.

If you would like to get your friends involved, then perhaps you could fundraise for the Youth Adventure Trust - take on your own personal challenge by joining Team 25, join our expedition across the Namib Desert or get a team together for our 10 Peaks Challenge 9th June 2018.

Time to get wet!
Time to get wet!
Time to laugh
Time to laugh
Time for a helping hand
Time for a helping hand
Time for a quiet chat
Time for a quiet chat
May 11, 2017

Meet the young people you are helping!

Celebrating 25 years
Celebrating 25 years

And so we have it - the 2017 intake of 80 new recruits who will be coming on Mountain Camp in August, thanks to your support. We thought you would like to get to know the young people, so have included some of their stories in this report.  Whilst we have changed their identities, the stories are true and are representative of the types of challenges the young people we work with face in their lives.

Please remember that all of these young people are aged just 11 or 12 – thanks to you, we will change their lives!

Emma: A girl who was ‘rescued’ by her Dad from her heroin-addicted Mother and conditions described as ‘squalid’ by social services. She and her sister are doing OK, in their new home with their Father, but she will need some extra help to stay on an ‘even keel’. 

Laicey: A girl who is living in poverty with her Mother. Laicey finds it really difficult to make and keep friends. Her brother has autism, which means she has a tough time at home as well as at school. 

Finlay: A boy who is as likely to bully as be bullied. Finlay is vulnerable and has self-esteem issues. His older brother is in special school and his disabled Mother needs an operation. Finlay needs nurture and care to prevent him from 'going off the rails' in the future.

Kristy: A girl who has a tough family life.  There is often conflict at home and Kristy has been known to physically lash out at her Mum. At school she is incredibly quiet and we know she has been a victim of cyber-bullying.

Bella: A girl who is extremely vulnerable.  Bella has an eating disorder, a history of self harm and no self confidence. She is a young carer for her Mother who has epilepsy and relies on Bella for support. 

Ryan: A boy who has had an incredibly unstable and chaotic life so far, spending multiple periods of time in Womens’ Refuges with his Mum who had a very abusive partner. His mother is a single parent, financially disadvantaged and expecting a baby later this year.

These six youngsters will join the rest of the cohort on their Explore Day in June.  This day will give them an introduction to the Youth Adventure Trust and the chance to get to know us before they come on their Mountain Camp residential in August.

We are confident that we will be able to make a positive difference to their lives. Mountain camp and the outdoor adventure experiences you are providing for them will equip them with the hope, skills, confidence and resilience to lst a lifetime.

Thank you!

You can find out more about volunteering on our Mountain Camp on our website or by contacting Jon Rich, our Volunteers Manager on jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk.

If you would like to get your friends involved, then perhaps you could fundraise for the Youth Adventure Trust - take on your own personal challenge by joining Team 25, join our expedition across the Namib Desert or have a Wild Night Out on 1st July.

Mountain Camp 2016
Mountain Camp 2016
Mountain Camp 2016
Mountain Camp 2016
Mountain Camp 2016
Mountain Camp 2016

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