Family project rated a success by young people

Broadland YAB visit Ascend Adventure
Ascend Adventure

Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

A project aimed at building family relationships has been rated highly by the young commissioners of the Broadland Youth Advisory Board (YAB) following a recent visit.

The Broadland Family Relationship Project, which is delivered by Ascend Adventure and the Matthew Project, uses outdoor pursuits and activities as counselling and therapy to help families who are under stress or have problems communicating with one another.

Activities are tailored for each group of participants and can include orienteering, canoeing, climbing, bush craft and much more.

For the past year, the Broadland YAB has provided funding to Ascend Adventure to work with families and young people in Broadland. As part of their annual assessments, the YAB’s young commissioners visited Ascend Adventure’s site at Bittern Meadow and took part in some of the activities which they provide. The young commissioners were very impressed with the project, rating it 9 out of 10.

Bobbie Wilson, 14, a Broadland YAB young commissioner said:

“I really enjoyed our visit to Ascend Adventure. I thought the project took an innovative and caring approach to helping families through difficult times. It was organised and structured and it considered all areas of help necessary, therefore I rated it very highly.”

Melanie Wheeler, Director of Ascend Adventure said:

"Working to support families who live in the Broadland Area to improve family relationships has been really rewarding for Ascend Adventure and The Matthew Project. It was great to be able to show the Young Commissioners around our beautiful meadow; their positive comments mean a lot and their suggestions have given us valuable ideas about how to make the project even better."

If you run a project for young people in Broadland and would like feedback from the YAB’s young commissioners, please get in touch with the YAB’s senior youth worker Aimee Gedge on 01603 430143 or email

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