We enrich the lives of young people
What is Ufton Adventure
Ufton Adventure takes children and young people into the wild, giving them an unforgettable and life-changing experience. We seek to change children’s lives through challenging and inspirational experiential education, helping to build attitudes, behaviours and skills that raise their aspirations and attainment to transform their life course. We do this by providing residential stays in our purpose-built woodland cabins located 20 minutes from Reading. Our intentional programme of outdoor activities, based on the theory of change, is designed to help children reach beyond their perceived limitations.
How we change children's lives
We help children immerse themselves in activities, helping them to:
Develop a positive attitude to change, challenge and choice
Be prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century
Spend more time outdoors
Build and develop positive relationships
Manage anxiety and depression
Manage physical health - diet, sleep and exercise
Increase appetite and enjoyment for learning
Develop skills to become work ready
Challenging outdoor education which includes managed risk taking develops the confidence that young people have in their ability to succeed
Ufton Adventure develops the necessary skills for learning. We engage young people with education and they return to school ready to learn and aim high.
Ufton Adventure helps young people to develop successful behaviours and create an understanding of the range of possibilities open to them.
Enabling better life chances - Levelling Up
At Ufton Adventure, we work to increase social mobility through purposeful outdoor education. We work in a holistic way helping children to better understand themselves and to learn how to take control of their personal wellbeing and develop a sense of purpose in life. We develop children’s self-esteem, confidence, resilience and willingness to try new tasks through our expertly delivered programmes.
How do we achieve our impact - The Ladders of Success
These cover the social and emotional areas of self-esteem, empathy, friendship and nature connectedness and wellbeing
The ladders break down abstract concepts to give children building blocks and allow them to have a voice in their own personal development. They decide, through reflection and review, where on the ladders they would like to focus.
Together with our expert staff a personal action plan is created and sent back to school so that the learning and development gained at Ufton is transferrable.
The Ufton 4 Rs
The Four R’s are the mindset for success. We have developed these to promote positive behaviours. These learning behaviours are essential foundations for raising aspiration and attainment and unlocking ambition.
for themselves, others, equipment and the environment
to give things a go, to keep trying, to break down goals, to bounce back
for their behaviour, their belongings, their safety, the natural world
did I do all I could? How did I and others feel? What good things in nature did I see?
Residential visits develop relationships between staff and students, and also between the students themselves. The positive impact of this persists long after the return to school. Relationships between students become more constructive and teachers tell us that they now understand their students better and they trust each other more.
Development of Relationships
Encourage engagement with learning and school
To understand and better manage physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
To develop relationship building skills
To foster a connection with our natural world
Supporting Kids at Ufton Adventure
Ufton Adventure visits are free to families. They would not be possible without generous donations from our supporters and profits gift-aided from our wedding and function business.