Climbing to success

IN THE summer BF Adventure in Penryn, Cornwall celebrated the opening of their new adventure barn. There has been a desperate need for this facility over the years but funds were not available. The Adventure Barn is a vital asset to the charity who can now offer challenging, confidence building activities, under cover, to more vulnerable young people, teaching them to build trust and believe in themselves.

BF Adventure Cornwall climbing wall

Climbing wall at BF Adventure funded by Wooden Spoon Cornwall.

The specific funding from Wooden Spoon Cornwall has enabled BF to install a state of the art climbing wall designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities and disabilities with a specific overhang feature designed to allow additional support to be provided to those with limited mobility. The facility has already been in constant use and now that unsettled weather has arrived will prove invaluable in allowing services to disadvantaged young people to continue all year regardless of the conditions.

The climbing wall will enable us to build skills for life, confidence, problem solving, resilience, communication and trust and its scope enables us to cater to climbers both from beginner to expert level.

On 21st August the Adventure Barn was officially opened by the funders, supporters of the project and members of the local community. Cream teas were offered and the opportunity to try out the new indoor climbing wall was taken up by some familiar faces including the Deputy Mayor of Falmouth and Tony Hogg, former Cornwall and Devon Police Commissioner.

Adrian Richards CEO says: “BF Adventure has been supporting young people with disabilities that are victims of abuse, and with high anxiety and depression for nearly 30 years. The difference the charity has made to young people’s lives in some cases has literally been life or death. The addition of the Adventure Barn has always been a long-held aspiration for the charity, but has never been affordable. Significant funders and blind faith from dedicated supporters, going to the ends of the earth, made it happen. Thank you.”

Find out more about the work of Wooden Spoon Cornwall and help them to make a difference locally to children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage, contact