Based in Greenfield, Adventure Based Learning is all about getting out into the outdoors and using adventure as a tool to be able to challenge yourself.
Recent studies suggest that 60% of youngsters leaving care have emotional issues. Action Together, through the Action Oldham Fund, gave Adventure Based Learning a grant to run outdoor learning sessions for young people leaving the care system. With our help they ran outdoor sessions for over 40 young people leaving the care system or in transition from fostering.
Through orienteering, canoeing, mountain climbing and biking, many of the young people faced their fears and rose to the challenges. They gained confidence to speak out and make decisions through problem solving, and collaborative team work.
Marianne Charles workes with the young people through Safehouses Fostering and she commented on the difference the sessions made. “The young people tested themselves each day with new physical and mental challenges." said Marianne, "Sometimes this was met with teenage resistance, fear and doubt about their own abilities; but the gentle encouragement of the instructors helped the young people believe in themselves.”
Mark Hilton, at Adventure Based Learning said “It’s great to see the young people developing and supporting one another in undertaking these new activities. Being transformed from shy and apprehensive to confident assertive rock climbers and mountaineers keen to do it all again. Without the grant we would not have been able to run this project which has increased self confidence, self reliance and self worth, increased employability skills within these young people”.