Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust
Currently, 80% of children in the UK live in urban areas, many of those with no access to outdoor space or garden at home. Coupled with this, an increase in parental fear has dramatically limited ‘playing outside’ for many of these children . In a recent nation-wide survey , it was discovered that over a half of all children in the UK have never visited the countryside.
Imaginatively delivered outdoor education is an extremely powerful personal development tool; allowing children to appreciate risk and reward, undertaking physical and mental challenges and realising the benefits of planning.
Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust (Widehorizons) is a charity focussed on the delivery of inspirational, high-quality outdoor learning experiences to children.
We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to have inspirational outdoor experiences throughout their education.
From the day visits by Year 1 children at the Widehorizons centre in London to residential courses attended by ‘A’ level students at the Widehorizons mountain centre in North Wales, all children are challenged in some way. Whether that challenge is a personal one, a group one, mental or physical, the aim is to raise their aspirations so that they can begin to realise the impact they can have in society. The confidence that they gain from their experiences with Widehorizons has, in many cases, a life-changing and transformational impact.
We receive no funding from the government and only 10% of our income comes from local authorities. We keep our fees to an absolute minimum to ensure that we are accessible to every child in the community and our courses cost more to deliver than we charge. This makes us reliant on the generosity of people like you to keep our operations going. Without this ongoing support and commitment to our vision, over 60,000 children every year would miss out on a wonderful outdoor adventure and the potential to transform their lives with Widehorizons.