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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Adventure charity takes work online during lockdown – The Bolton News

AN adventure charity in Bolton based on working outdoors in groups has gone online to keep helping disadvantaged local families.

WAVE, based in Bury Road, stands for Water Activities and Various Experiences and works with children aged from 10 to 16 and their families as well as with adults.

It creates confidence-building, healthy adventure activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and gorge walking. WAVE works with organisations like Bolton Lads and Girls Club, BACKUP North West, local young people living with diabetes and young mentors aged from 10 to 17.

Now, with its outdoor work severely curtailed by the Covid-19 lockdown, the charity has been reaching out online and has provided a regular programme of outdoor-themed family quizzes.

It is developing online planning groups to keep members inspired and is also lending bikes for the lockdown duration. In a very few cases, staff and volunteers are offering one-to-one walking and biking sessions for those whose mental health is at risk of deteriorating significantly during this period.

Charity founder Graham Wood said: “Being outdoor-based, our organisation would normally be at its busiest around this time.

“We have also lost our income-generated work which usually supports our charitable work, helping to cover costs like transport, insurance and storage of our newly acquired mobile climbing wall.

“We are reasonably confident, though, that we will get through this time thanks to the support of our main funders the National Lottery, BBC Children in Need and Bolton CVS.”

“But we wanted to continue to support the most vulnerable and isolated families and individuals locally in what has been a huge challenge.”

For more information on WAVE go to waveadventure.org.uk



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