The power

of adventure


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Based here in Ilfracombe, Adventure Therapy is a registered charity which relies on the natural resources that surround us to support and aid children and adults with health conditions, impairments or limitations.


Rob Emery, Founder of Adventure Therapy, explains how his vision became a reality -
"I founded the charity after seeing the positive difference, both personally and professionally, that outdoor and adventure-led activities can make to children with life-limiting illnesses. I also have a passion for time spent outdoors in nature and adventure and the benefits this can bring to physical and emotional wellbeing. I researched what provision was available in the South West, to provide a wide range of activities and without cost to the participant".




The outdoor activities provided by Adventure Therapy include surfing, kayaking, coasteering, SCUBA diving, paddle boarding and gorge walking in and around water and on land, hiking, caving, climbing, archery, bushcraft, horse riding, Nordic walking, treetop adventures and zip wire.


Adventure Therapy provides activities free of charge and accepts self-referrals, from a parent or guardian and professionally, through GP Practices and Social Services, other charities, community organisations, schools and colleges. 


A parent describes what her son's time with Adventure Therapy brought him:


“Coordination. Achievement. Resilience. Focus. Happiness. He had it all. The best thing was, he was really scared to do the zipwire and when he finally did, the whole crowd clapped. Very special.”


Adventure Therapy supports children (aged eight and above) and adults with mental health conditions, physical disability, learning disability, life-limiting and life-changing conditions. The charity makes a positive difference in challenging and complex lives.







Rob explains, "The power of time spent outdoors in nature and adventure should not be underestimated. Our activities improve vitality, aid rehabilitation and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment. We help people that are feeling isolated or alone to form friendships and as a result help people to become more resilient, whilst improving overall wellbeing."


A parent explains the value of Adventure Therapy:


“My boy is 12 years old. He has global delay, dyspraxia and hypermobility. Due to his disabilities, he is being held back from being independent. This significantly affects his confidence and dreams of being like any other kid. Daniel absolutely loves being outdoors and dreams of becoming more adventurous.”



Rob adds - "It is fantastic to see the difference our charity is making to the children and adults we support, through time spent outdoors in nature and adventure. We have a range of activities for varying abilities which can be provided as 1:1 sessions or as part of a group. Whilst some of our activities are more challenging than others, they are all fun and make a positive difference to people who face their own unique challenges, every day. The reactions and responses of the children and adults we support during an activity – and the smiles and confidence that follows – makes such a difference."


Could you volunteer your time and help Adventure Therapy to support local families, who can benefit from its activities? Please email or phone 01271 865285 to see the difference you could make.


To discover more about Adventure Therapy or to make referral visit


As a registered charity, Adventure Therapy is dependent on the generosity of individuals and businesses to enable its work to continue. If you would like to make a donation, please visit or post to Adventure Therapy, 5 Seaview Estate, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9PP. Thank you for your support and for helping to change lives through adventure.


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