Basecamp Donor ProgrammeWill you make a regular donation to support our work?
We work hard to fund our charity through our award-winning social enterprise, but we need support! You can now get right behind our work by becoming a ‘Basecamp Donor’. Will you make a regular donation to help us deliver life-changing outdoor experiences?
We are an independent Scottish charity offering outdoor adventures for young people and families in our local community here in Inverness. We believe the outdoors should be for everyone, but there are not enough affordable opportunities for children to get active. That’s where we come in!
I genuinely don’t think I would have got into uni without your help, between giving me my first job and allowing me to embark on my Gold DofE without payment. You’ve been a massive help, I can’t thank you enough. You have changed my life for the better.
We run a Girls’ Bike Club, Àban Mountaineering Club and the Kessock Ferry Swim Academy– all at just £1 per session. We also offer Scotland’s only independent Gold DoE Open Award Group, with half of our twenty places each year available on a full scholarship so parents pay nothing.
It's been a long time since I've seen Alex* interacting with kids her own age in such a positive way. It has definitely helped her confidence.
Your support will help to help keep us running for many years to come. We’re determined to be here in 10...20...30 years’ time, building long-term relationships with our participants and their families. It’s not just about getting outdoors for its own sake. It’s about the long-term benefits of a healthy outdoor lifestyle. This links to employability, healthy relationships, and good physical health – all of which contribute to a well-lived, productive life.
- Help us achieve long-term impact: ecurring donations allow us to plan further ahead.
- If you're UK taxpayer, Gift Aid turns a £10 monthly donation into £12.50 at no extra cost to the donor
- Donations are processed through the Charities Aid Foundation, a trusted UK-based platform
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See our work in numbers
From our very first activity back in November 2020, we have:
- worked with 380 children & young people
Collectively, Àban participants have:
- walked 8,358kms
- biked 6,022kms
- swum 74kms
Our participants have enjoyed (or perhaps, in midge season, “endured” …):
- 165 nights out camping or bivouacking.
Read stories from our participants
Holly* (14) attended one of our school programmes last year, then decided to join our Girls’ Bike Club & Hillwalking Club. In her own words, she “hasn’t really done anything since Covid”. Holly is now outdoors with us twice a week for 2 hours at a time.
Dom* (18) first got involved with Àban in 2021. He’s come through our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme on a full Silverhill Scholarship, then worked with us as an Assistant Outdoor Leader. He’s now in part-time employment and has started university studies.
You can also read about George Shread, former participant and DofE Young Leader in our Celebrating Success series.