awardYouth Adventure Trust named Wiltshire's Community Group of the Year

Mark Davey, Chief Executive of the Youth Adventure Trust, was delighted that the charity won the Community Group of the Year Award at the recent Wiltshire Life Awards 2015 hosted by BBC Wiltshire's Sue Davies.


The Youth Adventure Trust helps vulnerable young people from across Wiltshire, aged between 11 and 14, to fulfil their potential and make a positive contribution to society.  Using the outdoor environment to increase their aspiration, self-esteem and resilience, the young people better equipped to overcome life challenges.

Mark Davey, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our work with Wiltshire’s young people.

“Since the Youth Adventure Trust was founded in 1992 we have worked with over 3,600 young people, from a variety of backgrounds. Many are young carers, come from single parent families or have chaotic and unstable home lives. Growing up in such environments puts children at a severe disadvantage to their peers. We believe that outdoor adventures, with the emphasis on developing personal resilience, communication and team work, can play a vital part in helping these young people to achieve their potential in life.

“This is a key time for us as a charity.  We relaunched last year and want to help people in Wiltshire understand what we do, who we work with, the impact our programme is having in the community and how they can get involved.”

The Youth Adventure Programme, which runs over three school years, is free of charge to the participants but costs the charity £3,000 per child.  It relies on the support of the local community for both raising the funds needed to run the programme and practical help.  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.

The Wiltshire Life Awards 2015 seek to shine a light on excellence in the county and celebrate the heroes in the communities who make a difference to local lives.  The Award was shared with Joint Winners, Aldbourne Youth Council.


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