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7 January, 2023


Building resilience in children this February half term and supporting vulnerable young people along the way

Did you know that only 10% of children in the UK play in natural spaces and today’s young people spend less time outdoors than prison inmates?


Virtual Resilience Challenge.

This February half term, children’s charity, the Youth Adventure Trust, will be encouraging children from across Britain to take on the Virtual Resilience Challenge. It’s time to get our children outdoors to promote positive mental well-being, build resilience and develop confidence, whilst supporting vulnerable young people who are facing challenges of their own.

Families can run, ride, ramble, ski, scoot or swim their way to resilience by taking on 25km, 65km or 100km (at their own pace, spread over the week or done all in one go) to raise much-needed funds for the Youth Adventure Trust. Each participant will be aiming to raise funds to match the kilometres they’ll cover. These funds will enable the children the charity supports to get outside and start to re-build their resilience and confidence to face the challenges in their lives.

97% of our families have told us that they are struggling with the cost of living crisis. During the October half term, many of the young people told us that if they weren't coming to a Youth Adventure Activity Day then they wouldn't be doing anything during the school holidays. “Youth Adventure Trust allows me to do things that I normally wouldn’t be able to do.” - Young Person, 2022.

Physical activity and being outdoors are golden tickets to physical health and well-being. Getting outdoors helps people to become more confident and develop a higher sense of self worth and self esteem, which in turn helps people to make more positive choices. As a society we need to recognise that the earlier we introduce people to outdoor activities, the more likely they are to choose an active lifestyle and that can only be a good thing for our young people, our communities and future generations.


How can I get involved?

Sign up now to get your kids outdoors this February half term and change the lives of vulnerable young people along the way! “The resilience challenge has given us a focus for our walks and a target to aim for. It has pushed us to walk further, to go outside despite the wind and the rain. Not just funds for an inspiring organisation, but to raise resilience in ourselves at a time when perhaps it is needed more than ever.” - Rachel, 2021 Participant.

Find out more -

The Youth Adventure Trust supports young people to build confidence and resilience to help them fulfil their potential and lead positive lives. They are currently working with 113 young people and the challenges they face on a daily basis have not disappeared because of Covid-19. It is more important than ever that the charity can re-start the Youth Adventure Programme so that those vulnerable young people can get back outside safely and start building their confidence and resilience once again.

By joining the Resilience Challenge, the children and their families will make a very real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people like Ben, who says about his time on the Youth Adventure Programme: It’s helped me with my confidence most definitely and with my trust – definitely helped me with my trust. I just want to say a big thank you because without everything that the YAT has done, I would be so different and it’s like you guys have changed me and for the better.”

If you would like to join in the virtual Resilience Challenge for your February half term week (Saturday 11th - Sunday 19th February or Saturday 18th - Sunday 26th February) visit or contact Natalie Levin, Resilience Challenge Manager on 07944 666412 or [email protected].


Youth Adventure Trust

Welcome to the Youth Adventure Trust. We use outdoor adventure to empower young people to fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future. We work with them to build resilience, develop confidence and learn skills that will last a lifetime, helping them to face the challenge in their lives.

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