A SUCCESSFUL charity dedicated to providing outdoor activities for Burton youngsters has reflected on a successful 12 months ahead of the publication of its annual report.
Leaders from the Burton Venture Trust revealed that they provided dozens of activity days during the past year which included a raft of activities from abseiling to sailing.
Graham Marshment, trustee and joint activity leader, said: “The report describes how the staffing team of the Burton Venture Trust had provided no less than 2,721 hours of activity time during the 2013 year which gave its members of all ages the opportunity to experience the widest range of activities possible.
“At a time when youth clubs across the county were being closed, the trust has again proved the value of activity based youth work. “Outdoor activities helps in gaining the trust of youngsters and, as a result this, gave the opportunity to help them develop and grow as balanced and confident young people, with an understanding of self-discipline and a sense morality.”
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”
More information on the trust is available at www.burtonventuretrust.co.uk