Alongside our work with sporting bodies and our partner brands, we work to support organisations that seek to facilitate access to the outdoors and encourage the development of skills that empower people to adventure independently and responsibly.
The below groups are some of those that we have worked with in a myriad of ways, including serving as a venue for residential visits and non-residential events, delivering outdoor skills training, and supporting them to reach a wider audience through digital and in-person engagements.
ABLE 2 ADVENTURE
In July this year, we hosted and supported the delivery of a paraclimbing camp for young climbers with disabilities alongside Able 2 Adventure. The week saw them visit a range of climbing venues, and spent the 5 days developing their confidence and skills
Able 2 Adventure are a mobile outdoor activity provider for all ages and abilities based in the Cairngorms National Park. They use adaptive equipment and a ‘can do’ approach to make the outdoors more accessible to all. Their staff have over 10 years of experience working with people of all abilities in the outdoor sector, and understand the importance of venues with fully accessible facilities, methods of transfer, postural support and differing communication needs.
THE POLAR ACADEMY
This spring we hosted several Selection Weekends for kids from Arbroath & Monifieth High Schools who were training to be part of a major Arctic Expedition.
The Polar Academy conducts visits to schools and offers a selected number of the young adults, between the ages of 14 and 17 years old, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a major Arctic Expedition. This expedition will be beyond anything that they have ever determined to be possible and will positively change the lives of the participants and their families. Returning to the UK as true role models they will have a wide ranging and positive impact on their communities.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHARITIES WE WORK WITH
Paradventures is all about giving disabled people the chance to explore and experience the outdoors through adventure. We work with several groups and individuals who have a wide variety of disabilities. We take groups and individuals into the outdoors for adventure, taking them away from their everyday lives and routines at home, in school, in respite and care and out into the outdoor environment to explore.MORE INFO
The Polar Academy is a children’s mental health charity that works with “invisible kids” and helps turn them into resilient role models, for life, through a proven and effective outdoor and expedition training programme. Our purpose is to help the teenagers we work with get rid of their darkness by redefining their physical and mental limits and ensure a transformative, lifelong impact.MORE INFO
BOOTS & BEARDS
Boots & Beards and Bonnie Boots work with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals through the means of physical activity. We increase opportunities for people to participate, especially among under-represented groups. We provide the tools to encourage better health and wellbeing in minority ethnic communities and individuals. We value our volunteers, community and partners from all backgrounds and cultures. We use nature to explore, discover new experiences and mindset.MORE INFO
Urban Uprising improves the life chances of disadvantaged young people using rock climbing. Our programme delivers physical, social and personal development, and gives the young people access to highly trained positive role models through our coaches. We give young people who wouldn’t normally have the chance an opportunity to experience the transformational personal change that rock climbing can bring.MORE INFO
Able 2 Adventure delivers outdoor activities for people of all abilities that are inspiring, engaging, compassionate and supportive of everyone’s needs. We seek to increase opportunities to access adventurous activities through the provision of workshops, consultancy and partnership delivery, while striving to develop long term pathways into disability adventure sports through clubs and skills focused programsMORE INFO
THE NEIL MACKENZIE TRUST
The Neil Mackenzie Trust (charity no: SC046080) was set up in memory of Neil (Bell) Mackenzie to encourage training and adventure. We have funds available to assist young people and adults to carry out skills training in non-competitive outdoor sports in Scotland and adventures and expeditions anywhere in the worldMORE INFO
ABERDEENSHIRE SHARED LIVES
The overall aim of Shared Lives is to provide individualised, needs led support and short breaks within the community of Aberdeenshire for adult people with a disability. Our paid supporters invite people into their home and family for the day, an overnight stay or whatever is required. Matching people is what makes the Shared Lives Scheme so unique and successful. This service is registered with the Care InspectorateMORE INFO