Since 1990, Adventure Plus (A+) has worked with over 50,000 young people and adults through outdoor adventures. An interdenominational Christian Charity, Adventure Plus provide adventure youth work and outdoor education. A+ can bring the adventure to you, support you on adventures at one of their Associate Centres, or take you to remote parts of the country. They are supported by over 200 volunteers and many individuals, charitable trusts and churches.
However, seeing 6,000 youth every year whilst travelling up and down the country, quickly became very busy and it was decided that a base was needed. In October 2014, after much prayer and fundraising, they were able to purchase their new site, Windmill Farm, in Oxfordshire. It is at this point where A Rocha UK became more involved.
The site has 50 acres of land and includes a conference centre and residential cottages. It is essentially a blank canvas of agricultural land but with a small ash/hazel coppice and a small tributary of the River Thames. It is here they are beginning to develop extensive conservation areas and their first Outdoor Education & Adventure Youthwork centre, which we are calling the ‘Adventure Base’. Consequently it is a very exciting time as they move in, in mid-February, to begin this partnership.
In May 2015, an A Rocha UK and Adventure Plus joint internship began. This involves working with the Executive Director to design the best layout balancing adventure activity and amenity use, with outdoor education and conservation. In addition, the site management plan is being written and the intern has the opportunity to work with a committed team of local volunteers to ensure it is well cared for, and managed to allow many young people to be inspired and encouraged by the beauty.