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Project information

Vital opportunity for disadvantaged young people

We will bring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to the New Forest to participate in skills building activities led by world class instructors. Through raft building, climbing, canoeing, conservation and leadership activities they will develop the skills to realise their full potential.

March 2019 - March 2020

Charity information: UK Youth

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  • Need


    *Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have few opportunities to experience outdoor learning
    *There is evidence that skills such as confidence, resilience, self awareness and motivation are better predictors of success than academic attainment; yet these skills are not taught in schools
    *By using outdoor learning to develop the life skills of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds we can improve their life chances
    *This will in turn lead to better social mobility and a fairer society


    World class outdoor education at Avon Tyrrell empowers young people to develop their life skills. Our 65 acre site provides an inspiring environment for young people to learn. For many it will be the first time they have explored the countryside.

    The site is specially equipped to be fully accessible to all so those with physical disabilities can cycle, climb and canoe alongside their friends. Through exploring new things together, young people build lifelong friendships as well as new skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Participants realise their potential through identification of core strengths and development areas


    » Bringing together small groups of young people in a safe and supportive environment to build a cohesive encouraging team and ongoing support network
    » Practical workshops designed to enable participants to identify skills, build confidence and self-belief
    » Personal challenge opportunities, drawing on existing strengths, encouraging participants to see their potential and identify growth areas
    » Post activity reflection & reviews to celebrate achievements and focus on collective growth and transfer of learning

    What success will look like

    Success will be participants beginning to see their underlying potential, achieve their aspirations, identify development areas, overcome barriers and inspire others

    Aim 2

    Participants build essential life skills through a range of self-development opportunities


    » Personal challenge activities in supported environments, encouraging participants to stretch themselves, realise their potential and enjoy successes
    » Team building activities allowing participants to explore relationship building, collaborative working and understand diversity and acceptance
    » Skills development workshops focusing on areas chosen by young people, from healthy eating and building relationships to coding and money management
    » Personal development workshops, focusing on life-long learning, reflection and transferable skills

    What success will look like

    Success will be participants self-reporting gaining skills that are important to them and beginning to use these to build bright futures and support others

    Aim 3

    Participants build their emotional and physical wellbeing


    » Personal challenge activities that build resilience, determination, relationships & rapport between participants, youth leaders &UK Youth facilitators
    » Quality outdoor learning, providing healthy exciting new experiences, promoting physical wellbeing and alternative routes to an active lifestyle
    » Personal development support, enabling participants to achieve things they initially didn’t believe possible and build optimism about their abilities
    » Wellbeing workshops, building understanding of wellbeing, positive influences on this and tools to help participants increase their wellbeing

    What success will look like

    Success will be participants reporting feeling healthier, closer to others, optimistic about the future, better equipped to build relationships and cope with difficult situations

  • Impact


    Just £86 will support a disadvantaged young person like Michelle:

    Prior to participating in a leadership residential earlier this year, Michelle was living in one of the most deprived areas, experiencing mental health issues, rated her confidence as 3 out of 10 and optimism about the future as 2 out of 10.

    Through the programme, Michelle’s confidence rose to 7 out of 10, she developed vital skills & achieved things she didn’t think possible. She went on to become a volunteer in her community.


    As with any project, there is a small risk that outcomes could be lower than expected, however we are dedicated to maximising the impact & have mitigated risk through:
    • Running a pilot- to test the impact (which exceeded expectations) and identify potential improvements
    • Providing individual support
    • Using experienced facilitators
    • Providing a range of engagement methods (from workshops to personal development activities) and settings (groups, individual support…)


    We will ensure donors are kept fully up-to-date on the impact their donations have had through regular updates in an easy-to-read format, including individual case studies & quotes.
    Donors will also be able to opt in to charity wide updates and initiatives and connect with our social media channels

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,750 Participants’ accommodation Two nights' accommodation for all participants, including all meals
      £17,500 Activity Instructors Directly delivering the programme and all outdoor activities to participants
      £2,760 Programme Manager Managing the programme to ensure we reach those in need and achieve our aims
      £1,575 Programme Co-ordinator Supporting participants throughout, whilst also providing specialist knowledge
      £7,000 External workshop facilitators Providing engaging skills-development workshops in areas chosen by young people
      £1,415 Subsidised travel support Supporting young people who would otherwise struggle with the cost to travel to Avon Tyrrell
  • Background


    This will take place at Avon Tyrrell- UK Youth’s leading outdoor centre located in the heart of the New Forest National Park (www.avontyrrell.org.uk)

    We have been providing young people with powerful outdoor learning opportunities at the site for over 70 years, receiving 23,000 young visitors in 2017 alone.


    The project will support disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, including those who have mental health challenges, physical disabilities, SEN, behavioural difficulties, living in care, not in education, employment or training, young offenders, young parents, young carers or living areas of low social mobility and high deprivation.

    Many of these circumstances act as barriers, preventing individuals from achieving their full potential in life. Our ambition is to change that.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    • UK Youth is a leading national charity reaching approximately one million young people across the UK

    • Our experience in reaching and engaging young people who are most in need of support is second to none

    • We have an excellent track record of supporting young people to build vital skills, working with young people on their terms, delivering outcomes that matter to them and empowering them to build bright futures

    Just £86 will support a disadvantaged young person through this programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Watts- Director Of Avon Tyrrell

    Instrumental in Avon Tyrrell becoming a leading provider of outdoor learning, David’s expertise and dedication will ensure the project’s success

    Sharon Mackintosh- Avon Tyrrell Manager

    An experienced senior manager, Sharon will oversee the programme, ensuring we reach young people in need and achieve the full impact

    Our Passionate & Experienced Activity Instructors:

    Led by the Chief Instructor, the team will deliver quality outdoor learning, supporting participants to achieve things they didn’t think possible

    Our Highly Experienced External Facilitators

    External facilitators will provide specialist knowledge, enabling us to tailor the programme and content to meet the diverse needs of participants