Ufton Court Educational Trust

£20,000 grant towards the cost of building cabins for an outdoors activities charity in Reading.

Photo by Mark Haste Photo by Mark Haste

Ufton Court Educational Trust (UCET) was founded in 2006 and provides outdoor activities for deprived young people in the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor 9 miles west of Reading. A grant from Trusthouse supported UCET in building two timber sleeping cabins and an adapted cabin for young people with Special Needs.

Thanks to the new buildings, a programme of outdoor activities called ‘Ufton Adventure’ can take place throughout the year. Young people take part in a series of residential stays which involve activities such as shelter building, survival skills, night time orienteering and raft building. One young man who took part in the 2011 pilot commented, “If I hadn’t come here, I reckon I would be inside [prison] now – half my mates are and that was the way I was going.” He is now employed as an activity leader by UCET.