"There is now compelling evidence to show that contact with nature and the outdoors improves physical health and mental wellbeing."
Alan Law, Natural England’s Chief Strategy and Reform Officer
What we are trying to achieve
No Boundaries firmly supports the belief that physical activity performed in an outdoor environment improves both physiological and psychological wellbeing. So in 2018 we launched our charity and community projects. We want to give something back and benefit those from the UK who are disadvantaged and unable to experience the outdoors, by taking them to Italy for FREE. A 3-day challenge that focuses on team building activities, guided by our core values will help reconnect and inspire.
Over the course of 2018 we are organising 4 trips, one for each cause, starting in June. Together we can take up to 48 people.
Who are we taking?
We are focussing on 4 charitable causes and their communities who we feel can benefit most from this experience.
- Young Carers
- Physical Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Loneliness & Social Isolation
YOUNG CARERS - Following a survey in 2010, the BBC estimated that there are 700,000 young carers in the UK.
Children who look after someone who may have mental health problems, a disability or long-term illness, or misusing drugs and alcohol. With numerous adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities. These children can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home. They are often afraid to ask for help, as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care. We want to provide an opportunity for young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities and spend time with others who share similar experiences.
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES - 19% of individuals in families with at least one disabled member live in relative income poverty. About 40,000 people aged 25 or younger are blind or partially sighted in the UK.
Nearly everyone faces hardships and difficulties at one time or another and adapting to life with a disability can be one of the toughest transitions. There are many things you can do to improve your independence, sense of self, and outlook. No matter what your disability, it’s possible to overcome the challenges you face and enjoy a rewarding life. Whether its visual impairment, deafness or limb amputations, we would like to encourage and support you in joining us on one of our trips.
MENTAL HEALTH - In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
There is something about nature that can put your mind at ease. Whether it’s the fresh air, the sound of cascading water, the humbling feeling of looking out over a vast landscape, or the camaraderie amongst your peers, the great outdoors can be a powerful and restorative place.
LONELINESS & SOCIAL ISOLATION - 63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report feeling lonely some of the time or often.
Changes to the way we connect socially and an ageing and more transient population are some of the reasons why there are more lonely people now than ever before. Tackling social isolation and loneliness is not currently a priority for service providers, but it is crucial if we are to end social exclusion. Whether it’s living on low income, being part of a minority group or bereavement, we want to help connect people with each other and with nature.
"The fundamental causes of emotional distress are psychosocial and it is also true that we are twice as likely to be emotionally distressed if we are urban rather than rural. Part of the reason for this is estrangement caused by lack of exposure to natural sights, sounds and smells, to dislocation from the natural rhythms of the seasons, of night from day." Oliver James, The Guardian
"A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. The study found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression. These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanising world. In fact, city dwellers have a 20 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 40 percent higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas." Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the environment
"At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel." David Strayer
Where are we taking them?
To the Italian Alps and its surrounding areas.
Where's the money going?
To good use. We're putting just over 70% of the money directly to fund the charity projects with 15% going to the rewards, 10% on marketing expenses and fees and 5% on general expenses.
We have our limited edition T-Shirts and hoodies designed by our friend Josh (design to the left). Simply pledge £25 and you can be the proud owner of one. We have vouchers to go towards No Boundaries activities and also some incredible trips to give away. Check them out to the right! Higher pledge rewards available on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What we do
No Boundaries is a non-profit sports club that offers unique outdoor adventures. Activities include hiking, mountaineering, canyoning, climbing, alpinism, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, bouldering, via ferrata and outdoor yoga & fitness.
This is just the beginning. The company plans to develop programmes to fill the needs of those who are underprivileged. Our goal is to fund our own trips, working together with like-minded charities that believe in the benefit of outdoor activities and provide a year round service.
"Had a fantastic long weekend in the mountains in Italy climbing and bouldering, I would recommend it to anyone, beginners or advanced climbers." Lizzie
"The weekend was amazing. I honestly don't have any negative feedback or room for improvement. In fact, I already started saving money for another weekend in the mountains with No Boundaries." Adrian
"The organization of the trip was perfect, and all the team was great. We thought we weren't going to be able to climb on Friday, neither on Sunday, but you all make it happen! We ended up climbing every day!" Iraia
"Connecting with nature offers a new approach to mental health care."