OUR FOUNDER

Our Founder, Rob Emery, is responsible for the day to day running of Adventure Therapy. We have no paid members of staff and Rob works for the charity on a voluntary basis.

With over 11 years of experience working in the charity sector, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at Adventure Therapy. He is a Full Member of the Institute of Fundraising, a Certified Member of the Institute of Legacy Management and has been a Mentor with the Institute of Fundraising for three consecutive years.

Rob felt inspired to found Adventure Therapy through working with young people with life-limiting illnesses and experiencing the difference that outdoor and adventurous activities can make, not just to the individual, but to their whole family.

Whilst many of our activities are on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis, we can also provide an opportunity to socialise as a group or take part with parents or siblings, providing time to share and create special memories together. Rob writes -

Spending time in the outdoors, away from built-up areas and in a natural environment, brings new and unique opportunities that inspire, help to develop and challenge our limits and emotions. The benefits to our service users taking part in adventurous pursuits should not be underestimated. They can help an individual to experience an activity which may have seemed impossible, providing a sense of identity, of self-worth, accomplishment and excitement; in addition to improving overall wellbeing. Adventure Therapy provides an opportunity for people with complex needs to explore, discover and overcome boundaries - and importantly, interact socially with others and have fun with their family.

In addition to voluntary youth work and over a decade of working as a professional fundraiser, Rob also brings over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor which helps with planning a robust strategy for the charity and developing its financial strength and security for the years ahead.

Personally, Rob enjoys mountain biking, ocean kayaking and hiking and the therapeutic benefits each brings, whether on the water or out on a trail.

To contact our Founder directly, please e-mail rob.emery@adventuretherapy.org.uk.