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The Youth Adventure Trust is a charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 14 years, established in 1992 by David Hempleman-Adams and Major Richard Mitchell, both well known for their Arctic, Antarctic and mountain climbing expeditions. Their Youth Adventure Programme is an outdoor youth development course that provides young people with a chance to try new things and challenge themselves and enables them to experience success, learn to go beyond their own expectations and grow in confidence. It is a series of residential adventure camps and day activities over three years, where young people have the chance to take part in a range of activities, work in a team, experience group living, challenge themselves in a new environment, and is provided completely free of charge to the young people who take part. One attendee was Sam, diagnosed with ADHD during his Primary School years and had always struggled with the structure of the school environment. At Secondary School he struggled even more with the structure, rules and expectations put on him and during his first year he was identified as at risk of permanent exclusion due to his disruptive behaviour. He felt very negative and disinterested and he couldn't see any point in being there. Referred to The Youth Adventure Trust by his Head of Year, Sam threw himself into all the activities with enthusiasm and learned how to manage his behaviour to ensure it was appropriate to the situation. He says "The camps helped me be better at working in a group. I used to hate that but I don't mind it anymore. I learnt about just getting on with people even if you don't like them that much. I'm not getting into trouble so much at school now and I think about what I want to do in the future now more too. I loved all the activities and being outdoors at the camps. I'm definitely going to volunteer at a camp when I'm older, and I'm going to raise money for the Trust too cos it's really important that it keeps going. It's really good it kind of inspires you, shows you the way forward." IF YOU WISH TO DONATE PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK http://www.fffc.org.uk/please-donate.html PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN TAKEN DIRECT FROM THE FFFC WEBSITE.