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Claire Perry MP has high aims for the Youth Adventure Trust

The Youth Adventure Trust held an event at Brokerswood Country Park in Westbury on Saturday 14th June to launch its new brand, and to make it more recognized as a youth development charity among the community in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Claire Perry MP and other guests from Swindon council, Threadneedle Investments, local schools and businesses, were among those who came to hear more about what the Youth Adventure Trust does. Some of the young people - who had attended the YAT programme over the course of the last 3 years - also came along to take part in activities such as archery, canoeing and tree climbing.

Claire Perry, MP for the Devizes constituency, officially launched the Youth Adventure Trust and commented:

I was delighted to take part in Saturday’s brilliant launch event. It really highlighted the amazing work that the Youth Adventure Trust does in using the great outdoors to help vulnerable young people overcome difficult challenges in their lives to achieve their aspirations. I was so proud to be a part of the re-launch and I even managed to fit in some archery practice! I look forward to watching the Youth Adventure Trust flourish for many years to come.

Local 14 year old, Omar, was one of several young people at the event who had completed the final Youth Adventure Trust programme last year. He said:

The Youth Adventure Trust changed my life. I was excluded from school at lot in Year 7, but now I have just got an A in my physics GCSE. I find it easier to talk to new people and am interested in lots more outdoor activities, that I hadn't tried before.

Chelsea, 15, said that that main lesson she took away from YAT’s 3-year programme was

not to be afraid to try out new experiences and challenges, and make the most of the opportunity.

Local and regional business leaders, school heads, local councils and other high profile individuals learnt more about the work of the Youth Adventure Trust and experienced some of the outdoor activities that the young people enjoy such as canoeing, tree climbing and archery.

Cllr Richard Gamble, Wiltshire Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills and Youth commented:

I was greatly impressed with the activities of the Youth Adventure Trust and wholly support the objectives to help vulnerable young people. From the evidence of the young people who were present, their programme is immensely successful at that important task.

Charity founder, David Hempleman-Adams, currently on expedition in the Arctic, explained:

Our commitment to the outdoors environment is a key factor in helping young people to discover their true potential, and since 1992 we have helped 3600 young people across Wiltshire and Swindon who would otherwise be denied such an opportunity. Our next step is to reach more young people, but in order to do that we need to raise more money and bring on board more volunteers.

Chair of the Youth Adventure Trust, Jon Scourse, said:

Young people come to us from a variety of backgrounds. Many are young carers or children from single-parent families with often chaotic and unstable home lives. Growing up in such environments puts children at severe disadvantage over their peers, so the Youth Adventure Trust sets out to provide a unique opportunity for these young people to learn new skills and gain in confidence in a new and different context.

Mark Davey, YAT Director added:

We rely entirely on voluntary funding and volunteers to deliver our programme and we are looking for support from the people of Wiltshire to help further raise our profile within the region, so that it can reach more vulnerable young people.

The Youth Adventure Trust programme is provided completely free of charge to all young people in Wiltshire who take part. It relies on a team of over 180 volunteers from across the county and from a variety of backgrounds who come together to act as positive role models and to share their expertise and passion for improving the lives of young people at risk in Wiltshire.

To find out more see http://youthadventuretrust.org.uk/

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Notes

  • Claire Perry MP officially launched the Youth Adventure Trust at a reception at Brokerswood Country Park, Westbury BA13 4EH from 12.00 – 1400 on Saturday 14 June
  • Members of the local media are invited to attend
  • It costs £3000 per young person to attend the Youth Adventure Trust programme that runs over 3 school years
  • Total volunteering hours a year is 7000, this equates to 20 hours every day of the year
  • For further information and to arrange interviews with YAT members please contact Marcia Walker via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07752-356274
  • To arrange interviews with Claire Perry MP call Tamara Reay on 01380 729358

The Youth Adventure Trust is a registered youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 14 years old from across Wiltshire and Swindon. The Trust was established in 1992 by David Hempleman-Adams and Major Richard Mitchell, both well known for their record-breaking Arctic, Antarctic and mountain climbing expeditions. They agreed that early experiences in challenging themselves through the outdoors had shown them that they could achieve more than they thought. This idea led to the realisation that many young people, for a variety of reasons, often do not have the opportunity to start the ‘believe – achieve’ process and make the most of their lives. To find out more see http://youthadventuretrust.org.uk/what-we-do.html

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