Friday 13 June

Today sees the launch of the ‘My Hindleap’ appeal which will ensure that high quality outdoor education opportunities at Hindleap Warren are guaranteed for 100,000 children and young people over the next ten years, particularly those with disabilities and young people from areas of economic deprivation.

Coinciding with the launch of the appeal and to help celebrate 50 years of outdoor education at the centre is a visit from London Youth patron, H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, to Hindleap Warren. As well as this being his fifth visit to the centre, this week also marks his 93rd birthday!

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T., Patron, London Youth said:

“Hindleap Warren provides young people with much needed experience, development and out of doors adventure. The aim of the 'My Hindleap' appeal is to improve the facilities needed for the out-door education of 100,000 young people over the next ten years.

In the last 50 years, Hindleap has delivered adventure, learning and development opportunities to nearly 300,000 young people from the within the local area and London. However the availability of gold standard outdoor education is under threat and Hindleap’s facilities are under pressure. Young people’s educational needs are also changing yet the value and development learning away from the classroom can offer still remains just as crucial, if not more so today.

An investment of £1.5m will ensure that Hindleap Warren can continue to offer opportunities for young people to develop their confidence, character and skills and enhance their social and emotional capabilities.

Ruby, who visited the centre with her Year 6 class said:

“Hindleap has pushed me outside my comfort zone. I now don’t think of the bad things that could happen if I do something – I think of the accomplishments that I will achieve when going on an adventure.”

Daniel Osbourne, Chief Instructor at Hindleap Warren, said:

“I enjoy working with young people. I like being the person who helps someone get over a fear or step outside their comfort zone. I enjoy being part of the change in someone’s life.”

The appeal will also give thousands of young Londoners from London Youth’s network of youth clubs – many of which are located in areas of deprivation – the chance to benefit from the experience of outdoor education, an opportunity most may not have otherwise.

Commenting on the need for ‘My Hindleap’, Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive of London Youth, said:

“More young people are now visiting Hindleap than ever before, they are staying longer and learning more while they are here. But the need and demand for quality outdoor education continues to increase and evolve while the opportunities are reducing; 1 in 3 outdoor centres in the UK is closing and many schools and youth groups can no longer offer subsidised places for young people from poorer backgrounds.

“Through ‘My Hindleap’ we want to make sure that all young people, regardless of needs, can fully experience everything we have to offer and achieve the same outcomes as anyone else.”