LEADERS of a Burton charity dedicated to providing outdoor activities for town youngsters has revealed that it has had a ‘successful’ 2013.
Graham Marshment, activity leader at Burton Venture Trust, spoke to the Mail as part of a look back on the past 12 months.
He said that the group ended the year on an optimistic note, tempered by concerns about the pressures on the town’s young people.
Mr Marshment described the last year as an ‘extremely safe and successful one’, with lots of Burton youngsters enjoying the wide range of outdoor activities provided by the trust.
He said: “We visit schools and organisations to try and encourage the town’s young people to take part in our activities.
“It has become increasingly difficult to motivate young people to leave the comfort of their electronic devices and to make the effort and commitment needed to enjoy the outdoors.
“Added to that, we have concerns about trends which have made it more difficult for our charity to operate against fears of litigation and the overzealous interpretation of health and safety rules.
“This has been compounded by the loss of a common understanding of the Christian faith and its values on our society which sometimes leaves young people without any firm foundations on which to base their future lives.
“In spite of that, the Burton Venture Trust plans to continue its work in 2014.”
Among the activities that the trust offered were abseiling into potholes and then self-rescuing themselves using ‘single rope techniques’ where they used specialist gear to ascend a rope.
Another group enjoyed a trial flight in a flexi-wing microlight.
Mr Marshment added: “Thanks to the support of a number of organisations who have supported us with equipment and resources, we have been able to offer young people in Burton a wide range of varied and challenging outdoor activities such as these.”
More information on the trust is available by heading online to www.burtonventuretrust.co.uk