Funding from one of the north east’s largest housing associations has helped to set up a regular outdoor adventures club in West Auckland.
Youngsters in the village have been given new opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and learn adventure skills thanks to £5,300 from believe housing.
The new weekly club will bring children aged five to 10 together to learn bush craft skills, take part in nature walks and try out a range of outdoor activities such as archery.
The initiative was the brainchild of Graeme and Steph White, a West Auckland couple behind FERN Outdoor Adventures CIC. It was designed to provide a safe and secure environment for youngsters to learn all about the outdoors and provide positive opportunities to socialise at the same time.
Support from believe housing will help the club run every week beyond 2020.
Amy Glendinning, Community Investment Officer at believe housing, said: “The outdoor adventure club is a great way to bring young people together to learn new skills and have fun in a safe environment. It’s also an important way to engage with people at a key age before they might be tempted to become involved in antisocial behaviour.
“The experiences they’re going to have, learning about things like wildlife, navigation and healthy living, will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
It is hoped to grow the club over the coming months, creating new opportunities for volunteering in the community as well as helping more young people.
Graeme White from FERN Outdoor Adventures said: “Thanks to believe housing we are able to offer the young people of West Auckland a great opportunity to take part in activities that they may not have been able to access otherwise. We will be working with the young people over the next year on a range of local projects, looking at antisocial behaviour and other related issues. The club is allowing us to build up local relationships with young people and external groups allowing us to tap into the local knowledge and advice available to us to help the young people of the future.”
West Auckland is one of a number of locations across County Durham identified as a priority area by believe housing to receive extra funding and support.
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