Below are short descriptions of what we are trying to do, something of the why - and what we hope the project will address. If you have any questions, would like more detailed information or have thoughts about how these projects could be facilitated – we want to hear from you.
We have two amazing apprentices, Noor and Jwan, and we have been supporting them over the last year. They have received some great training, and are in process of managing the day to day activities at the Arbat Refugee Camp. They give a lot of training sessions on the basics of using the equipment, belaying and rope management. They also provide instruction during our climbing days, and it has been a real joy to see them develop in their skills as instructors.
As they are providing an essential part of the ongoing work to develop the adventure therapy project, we need to be able to provide them with an appropriate wage. To date we have managed to raise enough money to keep them on until March 2024. However, we need more regular support. If you would be willing to give towards keeping these two refugees in regular employment, and support us in our ongoing work - please contact us.
The aim is that these small bouldering walls will provide a context for young people to gather, train and naturally become a community focal point. There are very few facilities for displaced young people, one of the many reasons why they are vulnerable to extremism. Each wall will cost £5,000. We aim to start at the refugee camp and would like to do the same at STEP’s Drop-In-Centre and in the IDP camp in the future.
Feb 2022 Update
We have purchased enough climbing holds for one small wall at the Arbat Refugee Camp. We now need to raise another £4500 for the timbers, frames and bracing materials. If you want to help us do this - please hit the donate button above.
December 2022 Update
Thanks to a lot of hard work, and some specialised help from two overseas volunteers (thanks Tom & Libby), the bouldering wall is done and being used. Thanks to all who contributed, and to all who put in a lot of hard work, and found some innovative solutions, to get it up.