Youth Adventure Trust

The Youth Adventure Trust is a registered youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11-14 from disadvantaged, complicated or chaotic backgrounds.

Set up by two polar explorers, the Trust challenges these young people through the outdoors, to reduce their risk of exclusion or offending. Many suffer from low self-esteem, are the victims of bullying, or have become withdrawn and disengaged from society.

By giving them the chance to take part in outdoor activities, experience group living, and test themselves in new environments, allows them to gain confidence by taking ownership of their own decisions and develops, belief, trust and belonging with others.  

The Trust relies on a team of 180 volunteers to run the program. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all share the same passion for improving the lives of young people at risk.

"Being a Youth Adventure Trust volunteer has been such a rewarding experience; meeting great people, doing all the activities and learning new skills. But the best bit has been seeing the change in the young people at the camps. I feel that it’s such an amazing opportunity for them, one that changes their lives and stays with them forever”
Lou Bull

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the world's leading youth achievement award that develops over 300,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK. The DofE is for all young people, regardless of ability or background and works in every community in the UK.

Through a personalised programme of volunteering, physical activities, life skills and expeditions, the DofE helps young people to develop crucial skills and make a positive impact on their community. In 2016 the DofE helped transform the futures of 40,000 young DofE stars from at risk and marginalised backgrounds

By 2020 the DofE aims to benefit one million 14 to 24-year-olds, helping them to GetOutside, encourage adventure and to challenge them to progress through three Award levels.


“The DofE has been transformational in raising aspirations and developing the skills that young people need to be resilient and productive citizens.”

Jane Delifino, Manchester Academy