***UPDATE - PLEASE DO NOT DONATE***
Unfortunately, we have come short in our efforts to raise sufficient funding to secure the future of the charity. Without additional funding available, the decision has been made to cease operating immediately and work alongside the insolvency practitioner to ensure all financial and legal matters are properly handled during this very difficult period.
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SHOWN US SUPPORT, WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL!
About Wide Horizons
We are an outdoor education charity that enables over 44,000 disadvantaged children and young people each year to experience adventure as part of their education and development. We work with schools and community groups from across England and Wales to deliver programmes of outdoor learning and adventure activities.
Every day we see the positive difference that adventure has upon children and young people’s lives. It promotes personal and social development, supports healthy and active lifestyles, increases engagement with the natural world and offers experiences that are unique to the outdoors.
Children have the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and try new activities like rock climbing or canoeing, whilst learning more about themselves and the world around them. We use the natural outdoors to inspire children and help them develop the skills and confidence they need to build better futures for themselves.
“I’ve learnt how to work as a team and how to communicate well with others. This would help me in the future because when I get a job I can work well with others.” Dee, aged 15
“Wide Horizons has helped me to stay calm and love myself more. I feel that I am more confident in the things that I do. I feel less angry.” Isaac, aged 10
“It was fantastic to see the quieter pupils engaging and participating more confidently than they do in a classroom setting.” Teacher’s comments following a residential trip
See our latest Social Impact Report to read more about how we make a difference to children and young people's lives.
Due to an increasing pressure on school finances and families struggling to make ends meet, less and less schools and their pupils can afford to enjoy outdoor education and adventure with Wide Horizons. With a decline in business and rising costs, we are in financial difficulty and are at risk of closure.
In order to survive, we need to make some significant changes to the organisation. We have already made the extremely difficult decision to close four of our nine outdoor centres. This decision has been against all our instincts, but necessary as we seek to restructure the organisation so we can continue to provide great outdoor adventures for years to come.
We urgently need your help!
We are urgently seeking the support of our friends, supporters and partners to help us secure the future of Wide Horizons. We are looking to raise £200K which will help the charity keep going over the next 6 months whilst we implement a new business plan that we are confident will provide us with greater financial security. All funds that are pledged to this appeal will be used by us to continue to deliver life-changing adventure experiences for children and young people who would otherwise miss out.
The good news is that we have already raised £100K thanks to the generosity of several partners and individuals, and the total is rising every day, but we need your support to get us over the line.
What you can do
We regularly meet parents and teachers who share their stories of how they visited Wide Horizons as a child and the memorable difference it made to their lives as they grew up. With your support, you can ensure that the next generation of children and young people grow up feeling inspired with the same lasting memories that shape their future.
If you can pledge anything at all, from the price of your daily coffee to the most generous of donations, we would be eternally grateful. We appreciate all donations given and thank you for believing in us and what we do!