What we do

The Youth Adventure Trust helps vulnerable young people from Wiltshire and Swindon aged 11-16 years old unlock their potential and lead positive lives in the future. Our Youth Adventure Programme, which spans 3 school years, is a genuinely life changing opportunity, giving young people the chance to build resilience, develop confidence and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

We help up to 360 young people a year develop these key skills through the challenge of outdoor adventure. We support each young person to build on their personal strengths through our individualised support and feedback, enabling them to become reflective, see their abilities and challenge themselves to develop in the ways which will help them in the long term.

The hurdles these young people face in their everyday lives can often seem overwhelming, but we give them a real chance to change, helping them to believe they can have an influence on their own future. We equip them with the resilience to overcome their challenges, enabling them to develop confidence, independence and the ability to flourish despite difficulties. 

Since 1992 we have helped over 3,900 vulnerable young people, providing more than 27,000 activity days.  We broaden the horizons of young people who otherwise are unlikely to experience such valuable opportunities. There are no financial barriers to taking part as our programme is entirely free of charge to all the young people, their families and the organisations who nominate them to take part.

Our specially designed Youth Adventure Programme includes 3 residential camps and 8 activity days for each young person over three school years, supplemented with the ongoing support, mentoring and guidance of our skilled team of Programme Managers.  The main programme is followed by our after-care programme which includes a Bursary Scheme and a Mentoring Scheme, to ensure the young people have the best chance of getting the maximum benefit from our long-term intervention.  

Our Mentoring Scheme is an additional offer for those young people identified as in need of some further individualised support at the end of the main programme. Volunteer mentors work with a young person for up to a year, supporting them with issues they are experiencing, continuing to develop their confidence, resilience and life skills, and working towards the outcomes the young person has identified for themselves.

Our Bursary Scheme is open to all those young people who have completed the main programme to assist their next steps into further activities. 

Visit the Young People section of our website to find out more about our programmes.

Our costs

A place on our programme costs an average of £3,600. We don’t have any government contracts in place and rely on the support of generous individuals, businesses and grant funders to deliver our service. Find out more about our supporters here.