Jessica Pearson is a woman on a mission – to get women outdoors, out of their comfort zone and realising their potential. She’s the lady behind the lens of her own film company, Shimnix, and is in the process of completing four-part film The Space Outside. The first instalment (watch it here http://www.shimnixfilms.co.uk/the-space-outside/) focuses on showing women how to find the motivation to try new challenges via interviews with female explorers and go-getters. The next three films will follow the rest of a journey, focusing on the practicalities of preparing for adventure and shadowing women as they head out for the unknown.
An international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East will set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2018. The expedition will face physical challenges including polar bears, pack ice and temperatures down to -40°C, but the core purpose of the expedition is far greater and more important – to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures. The team will also be performing scientific studies during the expedition designed to help enable future human exploration of space.
Challenge Wales is an award-winning sailing training charity that uses a tall ship to provide young people with adventure residential trips and day voyages. Their work helps children and young people aged 12-25 in Wales and the South West to broaden their horizons, develop skills and increase in confidence, enabling them to reach their full potential and learn to participate positively in society. Adults can get involved too, by taking part in a delivery or mile builder sailing trip to help raise funds for the charity, which is mainly run by volunteers.
The Youth Adventure Trust has been using outdoor adventure to inspire young lives for 25 years. They believe that all vulnerable young people should have access to personal development opportunities so that they can learn valuable life skills, build self-esteem and fulfil their potential in the future. The trust has helped over 3,800 vulnerable young people aged 11 – 14 in Wiltshire and Swindon by providing more than 27,000 activity days, including outdoor activities, music, arts and woodland workshops. The trust also runs the Youth Adventure Programme, a free residential adventure camp that helps participants develop skills over the course of three years.