30 Nov Indirock launches new Youth Zone on website
The number of young people getting awesome at climbing is increasing every week at Indirock, and so we’ve decided to launch a new Youth Zone on our website, targeted at empowering them on their climbing journeys.
Our new Youth Zone features information on how to start and progress with their climbing; on safeguarding and how to stay safe; on mental wellbeing; as well as support if gender and identity is a concern.
Bouldering can be a powerful activity to help take your mind off worries, keep your body active, and to meet new friends in a safe space. We’ve been working away behind the scenes to try and secure grant funding for next year, so we can support an even greater number of young people who perhaps don’t have much family support, and otherwise couldn’t afford to enjoy Indirock.
As part of this work, we’ve been researching how we can become best in class with our approach to safeguarding at Indirock. On advice from the Association of British Climbing Walls, we’ve recruited two experienced volunteers to become our independent safeguarding leads. These two individuals both work within the youth sector and are highly trained, while also being climbers with us. We are very grateful for their support!
We’re also hoping to secure funding to continue our work experience programme for vulnerable young people, after the success of our first year of delivery. You can help us secure this funding by taking part in this short survey:
If you’re interested to know more about the work we do to serve our community of Southend, check out our new Impact page here. And to access to new Youth Zone, head here: