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Widehorizons Provides Journeys of Adventure

Last month, you may have read our blog post about Making 2014 the Year for Adventure. We shared some stories with you about our first adventures as a child, remembering that great adventures can be as small as looking under a log, or building a shelter out of twigs.

This month, we want to share with you some more stories from the children’s charity Widehorizons. Widehorizons believe that every child should experience adventure as part of their education and development.

Along with running eight Adventure Centres across England and Wales, Widehorizons also offer Outreach Sessions to schools; bringing adventure to a child’s very own doorstep!

Many children in the UK do not have the means or opportunity to get out and explore the countryside. Over 80% of our population now live in urban areas. In London alone, 4 in 10 children are living in poverty. To leave their own neighbourhood is a hurdle too high to jump. That’s why Widehorizons’ Outreach Sessions are so effective. They make the most of the smallest green spaces to give children an adventure; and show them how they can continue this adventure every day.

Recently Widehorizons’ Outreach Tutor, Gemma Knight, took a class of five-year olds in Greenwich to explore a special Secret Garden within the school grounds. Along the way they created ‘journey sticks’. These are sticks which the children attach natural items to. Afterwards they can look back along the stick and remember their adventure.

Over the seasons, the children returned to the Secret Garden to see how the landscape had changed. Each time they went back, one boy would ask; “Can we do that journey thing again?” In the end, the children were given buckets so that they could collect up natural items and use them creatively in their own way. Gemma commented, “It’s great to hear that the children are taking ideas from their Outreach Sessions and using them in their own learning.”

This is just one example of how Widehorizons uses the outdoors to help children learn new skills, and understand lessons from the classroom, whilst experiencing the fun of adventure. The adventure for the five-year old boy was that he could unleash his creativity through exploring the outdoors – and he enjoyed it so much he wanted to journey (stick) on! Without the help of Widehorizons, and their supporters, these children would not have been able to experience an adventure like this.

On Saturday 21st June, Widehorizons are inviting you to go on your own journey of adventure by taking part in Nightline; a 50km night-walk through the striking urban landscapes of London and into the gorgeous countryside of Kent (journey stick: optional!). By taking part, you will be raising funds for more children to experience adventure - perhaps for the first time in their lives.

Enter before February 28th and you can also win 1 of 10 pairs of Merrell walking shoes!

Register for Nightline here or for more information contact the Widehorizons Events Team on 0845 600 65 67 or email events@widehorizons.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

11/02/2014
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