Ella's Journey: A Volunteer's Perspective
Nathan, one of our programme volunteers, has witnessed first hand the incredible journey young people go on during their time with the Youth Adventure Trust. Our volunteers have a huge impact on the experiences the young people have - they are role models, mentors and friends.
My journey with the Youth Adventure Trust
Back in year 7 I was asked to attend and commit to a 3 year course which would help build confidence, build self-esteem; teach me to be patient, make new friends, and try things I would never usually try.
I was on the Youth Adventure Trust programme about 7/8 years ago and am just emailing to thank you for the opportunity you and the charity gave me.
From Callum, Youth Adventure Programme participant
I would like to say a big thank you and how grateful I am for you allowing me to take part in the fantastic camps and events you arranged. They have had a huge impact on my confidence, self-esteem and ability to socialise with other people of my own age.
From Milly, age 14 – Youth Adventure Programme participant 2011 - 2013
“When I saw the DVD of the Youth Adventure Trust I thought it looked fun, but there seemed to be a lot of children and that made me nervous. I decided to go anyway and am glad I did! Everyone was really nice and the activities were all different and nearly all things that I had never tried before."
There are many examples of the positive impact attending the programme has had on the lives of individuals. One such young person is Beth, who was given the chance to attend the Youth Adventure Trust camps by Wiltshire Young Carers association.
Sam was diagnosed with ADHD during his Primary School years and has always struggled with the structure of the school environment. He found it hard to concentrate or stick to the rules in a class of children. He is also dyslexic, making reading and writing more difficult.
Dear Tessa,My apologies to you for not writing to you sooner on the amazing difference the Youth Adventure Trust has had on my son Joe and to our family.
I am just writing to thank you for letting me come to the Youth Adventure Trust and what an effect it has had on me in the long term i have never realised until now.
My son has thoroughly enjoyed every event/activity that the Youth Adventure Trust has provided for him. I believe that being part of the group has really helped with his social skills & has given him the confidence to attempt new things.
Kirsty was born with a hearing impairment. As she grew up this really began to impact on her confidence, especially as she approached adolescence. Kirsty was very conscious of being different, and didn’t enjoy taking part in groups or activities, especially if it would necessitate her having to take her hearing aids out.
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