Youth groups benefit from Dales outdoor centre bursary scheme

Young people from Colburn Youth Project.

Youth groups have benefited from a bursary set up to help young people attend a Dales outdoor education centre.

Low Mill in Askrigg has been offering residential outdoor education courses since 1976.

Staff said that in recent years the centre had seen a decline in the number of youth groups and those with additional needs visiting.

This was blamed on a lack of funding available in those sectors.

In a bid to address this problem Low Mill bursary project was set up and has been receiving generous donations.

Low Mill has been able to use these donations to support individuals in school groups that would otherwise not be able to afford to join their class mates in a trip to Low Mill.

They were also able to fund two youth groups each for a free weekend.

One of this year’s bursary award weekends went to Colburn Youth Project.

The project gives local young people in the town a more positive provision and supports young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Terry Hailwood, head of centre at Low Mill, said: “Many of the young people who attend the club will not regularly have the opportunity get out of Colburn due to transport and money issues, and have not accessed outdoor activities before.

“The weekend was a huge confidence boost for the group, they bonded and worked really well as a team.”

Cancer Care North Lancashire and South Cumbria also had a bursary weekend at Low Mill.

Terry said the experiences would not have been possible without support by donations to the Low Mill bursary fund by the following donors; Harewood Estate, The Leaver Family Charitable Trust,  The Sterry Family Foundation, The Seedling Foundation and The P & FW Family Charitable Trust.

Anyone who would like to either nominate a group for a bursary award or make a donations to the bursary appeal can contact Low Mill here.