Donate your unwanted outdoor clothing at a Rohan Shop

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 1st September, 2014

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Gift Your Gear – It Belongs Outdoors

Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Young people need to get outdoors for their physical and emotional well- being. The sun doesn’t always shine. It’s hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable.

Give your unwanted outdoor gear a new lease of life.

Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan during September. Take your unwanted outdoor clothing to any Rohan shop during the month of September, that’s all outdoor clothing, rucksacks and includes children’s clothing regardless of brand and receive 15% off any full price purchase made on the same day. Offer ends 30th September 2014. Whether it’s to drop off your unwanted outdoor gear or to browse the new spring range you’re guaranteed to get a warm welcome.

Founded by Sarah Howcroft, Gift Your Gear was set up to encourage people to donate unwanted outdoor gear they no longer want or need. Sarah, is keen to increase the number of groups Gift Your Gear can help.

“To date Gift Your Gear has supported over 250 community organisations, youth groups and charities who work with young people in the outdoors. I hope that we can increase this number to 350 by the end of the Gift Your Gear – Rohan event”.

Donate your unwanted outdoor gear

The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances.

Help the next generation get outdoors.

FIND YOUR NEAREST ROHAN SHOP

Rohan Shops in Scotland
Aberdeen 12 Back Wynd, AB10 1JN.  01224 566062
Edinburgh 86 George Street, EH2. 3BU.  0131 2254876
Glasgow 118 Union Street, G1 3QQ.  0141 2040775
Inverness 30-32 Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1JT.  01463-238379
Perth 37 St Johns Street, Perth PH1 5SH.  01738 444609
St Andrews 137 South Street St Andrews KY16 9UN.  01334 472752

Rohan Shops in the North East
Beverley 26 Butcher Row Beverley HU17 0AB.  01482 880205
Durham 23 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA.  01913 741645
Harrogate 21 Station Square, Harrogate, HG1 1SY.  01423 508766
Hebden Bridge  8-10 St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire HX7 8ET 01422 845755
Leeds 20 King Edward Street, Leeds, LS1 6AX.  0113 2454228
Newcastle 17 Eldon Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RA.  0191 2610033
Shipley Trek and Trail, Saltaire Ltd, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3LA.  01274 589692
York 24 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS.  01904 674619

Rohan Shops in the North West
Ambleside 1 Market Cross, Ambleside Cumbria, LA22 9BT.  01539 431630
Chester 8 Bridge St. Chester, CH1 1NQ.  01244 403220
Keswick 14-16 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5BX.  01768 774963
Knutsford 6 Princess Street, Knutsford, WA16 6DD.  01565 633922
Long Preston Main St, Long Preston, near Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 4PG.  01729 840611
Manchester Unit 4 Acresfield, 8-10 Exchange Street, Barton Square, Manchester, M2 7HA.  0161 8326272
Preston Outfit 16/19 Miller Arcade, Jacson Street, Preston PR1 2QY.  01772 821522
Southport Outfit 23/25 Wayfarers Arcade, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1NT.  01704 510770

Rohan Shops in Wales
Betws-y-Coed Holyhead Rd, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BN.  01690 710816
Cowbridge Unit 3, Birds Lane, Cowbridge, CF71 7YP.  01446 774570
Hay on Wye 23 Castle Street, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5DF.  01497 822540

Rohan Shops in the Midlands
Bakewell 5 King Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DZ.  01629 814082
Milton Keynes 1-3 Knebworth Gate, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes, MK14 5QD.  01908 615407
Nottingham 17 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA.  0115 9411334
Sheffield Foothills, 11 Edgedale Road, Sheffield, S7 2BQ.  01142 586228
Stratford upon Avon 18 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6JF.  01789 414498
Shrewsbury 75 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PZ.  01743 272108
Swinfen The Heart of the Country, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9QR.  01543 482000
Trentham Unit 30, Trentham Shopping Village, The Stone Rd, ST4 8AX.  01782 644935
Worcester 52 Broad Street, Worcester, WR1 3LR.  01905 734659

Rohan Shops in the East
Cambridge 37 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB.  01223 356729
Chelmsford 35 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6JE.  01245 280808
Norwich 8 Back of the Inns, Norwich, NR2 1PT.  01603 624328
Stamford 74 High Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AW.  01780 482 934
Woodbridge 43 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AH.  01394 610840

Rohan Shops in the South
Bampton Outwear, Bridge Street, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2HA.  01993 851418
Chichester 1 Broadwalk, Northgate, Chichester, PO19 1AR.  01243 787214
Guildford 224-226 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JD.  01483 304752
Henley On Thames 41 Bell Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BA.  01491 637518
Lymington Out There Wear, 117 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AQ.  01590 688602
Salisbury 55 Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG.  01722 321370
Wimborne 8 The Square, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JA.  01202 885818
Winchester 24 The Square, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EX.  01962 850458

Rohan Shops in the South East
Canterbury 45 Burgate Canterbury CT1 2HW.  01227 479304
Tunbridge Wells 53b Calverley Road, Kent, TN1 2TU.  01892 531836

Rohan Shops in the South West
Bath 16 Union Passage, Bath, Avon, BA1 1RE.  01225 462374
Cheltenham 2 The Courtyard, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SR.  01242 257664
Dunster Rohan Country Store, Dunster Steep, Dunster, TA24 6SE.  01643 822264
Exeter Princesshay Shopping Centre, 36 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ.   01392 277502
Stow-on-the-Wold The Square, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF.  01451 831570
Truro Penrose Outdoors, Town Quay, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2HJ.  01872 260042

Rohan Shops in London
Kingston Upon Thames 12 Thames Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1PE.  0208 5460656
Langley Street 6a Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA .  020 7240 2551

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Donating Outdoor Gear Just Got Easier

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 26th October, 2013

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Gift Your Gear sent us their news…

We are pleased to announce we now have 57 locations in the UK where you can donate your unwanted outdoor gear.

We are very grateful to our last Gift Your Gear partner Rohan, the award-winning outdoor clothing company for making all their shops available as collection points for Gift Your Gear donations.

If you have used outdoor gear, regardless of brand,  you no longer need please consider dropping into a Rohan Shop. Your gear will be returned to Gift Your Gear and donated to a Gift Your Gear approved beneficiary.

Please join us saying a really big thank you to Rohan.
This is the first for any UK outdoor company. A comprehensive collection system for all used outdoor gear, regardless of brand.

Well done Rohan.

Rohan Shops are located all over the length and breadth of the UK, from Inverness to Truro. By making these available to the outdoor community Rohan has opened up so many possibilities for Gift Your Gear beneficiaries. It is a very generous offer from Rohan and illustrates their commitment ,not only their customers but the outdoor industry in general.

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Gift Your Gear Rohan September 2013

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 15th October, 2013

Gift Your Gear - September 2013

Gift Your Gear – September 2013 has been tremendous.

This September Rohan partnered with Gift Your Gear to offer the opportunity to take unwanted outdoor gear regardless of brand into any Rohan shop.

The substantial amount of used outdoor gear donated has enable Gift Your Gear to support many more community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors, regardless of their circumstance.

It’s hard to enjoy the great outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.

Gift Your Gear – Beneficiaries – September 2013

Alfrey Activity Centre – Broadwater

Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) – Staffordshire

Aspatra Dreamscheme – Wigton

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre, UK Youth – Hampshire

Brathay Trust – Cumbria

Buckie Community High School – Aberdeen

Child Deaf Project – Middlesbrough

Climbing Out – Shropshire

ContinU Plus Academy – Kidderminster

Crankonkshaw Fold Farm – Rossendale

Crossroads Youth and Community Association – Glasgow

Devon Young Explorers – Devon

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs – Essex

Fix The Fells – Cumbria

Follifoot – Harrogate

Grimsby Cadets – Grimsby

Grimsby DofE - Grimsby

Grow Theatre – Sheffield

Harrogate Horticap – Harrogate

Harperden Expedition Club – Hertfordshire

Inclusion Hampshire – Hampshire

Kids Konnect – Middlesburgh

Lightweight Walks Project – Northamptonshire

Linx Project – Middlesburgh

London Youth – Buckinghamshire

Low Mills Outdoor Centre – North Yorkshire

Mind Bradford – Bradford

My Big Adventure – Worcester

NStep – Kettering

North Yorkshire Youth – North Yorkshire

Open Country – Harrogate

Park Mains High School – Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire DofE - Renfrewshire

Ringsfield Eco Centre – Suffolk

Royston Youth Action – Glasgow

Ross-shire Girl Guides- Ross-shire

Salvation Army – Perth

Scouts Atherstone - Warwickshire

Sundorne Educational Centre – Shrewsbury

Ten Tours – Devon

Torquay DofE - Torquay

The Connection at St Martin’s – London

The Factory Youth Zone – Manchester

The Hope Project – Cornwall

WESC Foundation – Devon

Westlands School – Torquay

Widehorizons Ty’ n y Berth Corris Uchaf – Powys

Woodrow High House – Buckinghamshire

Young Bristol – Bristol

More to follow…

 

Gift Your Gear Starts Today

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd September, 2013

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Gift Your Gear supports local community organisations, youth groups and charities.

Do you have used outdoor clothing and equipment you no longer want or need that still has life in it?

Gift Your Gear is a nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to local community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

Gift Your Gear it makes a difference. The gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances. You get to reclaim your storage space, and selflessly helping someone feels good.

This September Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan, the award-winning outdoor and travel clothing company.

Take your unwanted (but in good condition) outdoor clothing to any Rohan shop during the month of September, that’s all outdoor clothing, walking boots and includes children’s clothing regardless of brand and receive a 15% discount to spend on any new item in the shop on the day.

The gear you donate will help local community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Ensuring that their experiences are safe and enjoyable.

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Gift Your Gear Make Your Kit Count

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 26th August, 2013

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Make Your Kit Count

You can buy packs recycled from discarded nylon fishing nets, plastic telemark ski boots crafted from the oil of castor plants, no-stink bodywear knitted with yak wool, and surfboards laid up with hemp instead of fibreglass. You can get bamboo framed sunglasses, rain shells laminated with recycled polyester drink bottles, carbon-neutral sleeping pads, and skis made with 100 percent renewable energy. All of which is wonderful, because it telegraphs the message that we can find innovative solutions to the environmental crises that confront us.

Sometimes, however, the answer to vexing questions already lies right under our noses. And doesn’t require the intervention of complex technological fixes. Oft overlooked remedies to our ills can be both simple and age-old. In this instance it is: Reuse.

If reuse is the solution, what’s the problem? Simply put: Getting young people outdoors.

Although Sport England report an increase in British adolescents taking up sport, UK Youth cite a BBC study that found 16 percent of British adolescents, between 12 and 15, are considered overweight or obese. This is not only potentially debilitating for those youngsters affected, it also impacts on national wellbeing. Physical inactivity is said to cost English National Health Service providers over £900 million, in a single year.

In making the case for the inclusion of physical activity in young people’s lives, the British Heart Foundation points out that physical activity participation by children and adolescents can significantly enhance their self-esteem and self-concept, while being effective at reducing depression, anxiety, psychological distress and emotional disturbance.

Sport England tracks 100 sports, and reports that of April 2013 engagement in the outdoor sports categories of Cycling, Canoeing, Mountaineering [includes hillwalking and climbing], Sailing and Snowsports has either remained static, or decreased, compared the same survey five years ago.

The Children’s Society have noted that “it has been established that outdoor play provides on of the best forms of exercise for children of all ages.” In their 2012 Good Childhood Report they identified six things that kids need for their wellbeing. One of those was: Opportunity to take part in positive activities to thrive. They then cited three ways youth could get this opportunity, two of which were: affordable activities in their local area, and access to outdoor spaces for play.

Which brings us back to reuse.

Our young people need to get outdoors for their physical, emotional and intellectual health. We need to help them by making access to the outdoors affordable. The sun doesn’t always shine. The outdoors can be cold, wet and windy. Quality clothing and equipment enhances our enjoyment of the outdoor experience. The majesty of nature is downright difficult to appreciate when it seems as if the wind is slicing you like a knife. And feeling like a sodden dishrag is unlikely to inspire a novice hillwalker or kayaker to repeat the exercise.

In our collective attics, garages, lock-ups and the like, we have one of the keys to getting youth outdoors.

Preloved, but currently unused, waterproofs, fleeces, thermal underwear, boots, packs, etc are gathering dust. When they should be gathering mountain miles. They were born to be worn, not stitched to be ditched. The wilds are where they belong, not cooped up in some dark wardrobe or dusty cardboard box.

Gift Your Gear gratefully accepts your waterproof jackets and overtrousers, fleece, insulated jackets, trousers, gloves, hats, boots, not forgetting children’s outdoor clothing and then forwards it on to underfunded organisations, who are passionate about putting the wind in the hair and the sparkle in the eye of British youth.

Earlier this year Gift Your Gear partnered with Rohan, the outdoor and travel clothing retailer for a month long event which saw 6,000 items of used outdoor gear donated via Rohan’s 60 UK Shops. 50 charities then put those donations into their organisation’s outdoor equipment gear pool so the maximum number of people would benefit from the benevolence of its original owners.

Sarah Howcroft, founder of Gift Your Gear, thinks that is a brilliant result. But she feels it just scratches the surface. Her aspiration now is to see Gift Your Gear donate one million items of used outdoor gear.

That might sound like a bridge too far. But Sarah Howcroft is not one easily dissuaded. As co-founder of Rohan 40 years ago, she is very familiar with overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. For example, when UK retailers wouldn’t embrace their pioneering softshell and lightweight travel clothing, Sarah and her late husband, Paul, opened their own chain of stores to get their gear into the hands of mountaineers and walkers. Now she is determined to get reused, yet quality kit, onto youth, and get them outdoors.

Her new vision make not be so far fetched, After all Sport England figure that over 2 million Britons take part in the five core outdoor sports categories. The UK Association of National Park Authorities reckon their national parks receive over 71 million annual visitors. The British Mountaineering Council have over 75,000 members on their books, as of their 2012 annual report. Ramblers lay claim to over 110,000 members and the Long Distance Walking Association more than 7,000. Out of such a pool of participants there is bound to be one million non-active jackets, beanies, overtrousrs and the like.

And there is no better way for a piece of kit to leave its former owner’s hands. The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs led Sustainable Clothing Roadmap industry initiative found that the best end of life options for clothing was reuse. It performed best in energy and waste /resource terms compared to other options.

That’s because every tonne of discarded textiles reused saves 20 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. More reused clothing means less new clothing required, hence a reduction in virgin materials extraction, for example, in Uzbekistan, 85 percent of the Aral Sea has disappeared as a result of drainage for cotton production.

The United Kingdom spends over £20 billion on clothes every year. Yet around one million tonnes of clothing waste is discarded every year in the UK. Only 16 percent of UK textile waste is currently reused or recycled, with 63 percent ending up in landfill. It has been estimated that Brits wear an item of clothing on average for less than a third of its useful lifespan.

Gift Your Gear is a true win-win. Youth are properly and economically provided with quality clothing to better enjoy their outdoor experience (and research show that the earlier someone forms a positive connection with the natural world the more likely they are to care for it in later life. Being second hand this gear is an environmentally benign as it can be. Your home is decluttered, and your heart warmed by the good deed done. Go on: make your kit count!

Warren McLaren curates a web museum of vintage outdoor gear.  He previously designed the relaunch of Berghaus’s Extrem mountaineering apparel, and co-managed a community re-use centre. He currently manages program design for an outdoor education organisation. 

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Gift Your Gear Supports 50 UK Charities

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 22nd June, 2013

Gift Your Gear Supports 50 UK Charities

Gift Your Gear has led a nationwide initiative to help 50 different UK charities that focus on working with young people stay safe, warm and dry in the great outdoors.

With the help of outdoor equipment companies from across the UK, Gift Your Gear has been encouraging people to donate any outdoor gear they no longer use. The reusable outdoor gear was then donated to charities who work with young people in the outdoors. These generous donations enabled others to benefit from the life changing experiences outdoor adventures can create, regardless of their circumstances.

The most recent Gift Your Gear event partnered with Rohan, the award winning outdoor and travel clothing company. The month long event yielded a whopping 6,000 items of used outdoor gear, most of the gear was donated via the 60 Rohan Shops in the UK.

The 50 charities have made very good use of the outdoor jackets, waterproofs, fleeces, walking trousers, boots, gloves and hats that they received. Priority was given to organisations that have, or intended to establish, an outdoor equipment gear pool. This was done in order to ensure that the maximum number of people benefit from the donated gear for the longest time.

Sarah Howcroft, founder of Gift Your Gear, stresses the importance of the reuse of outdoor gear. She says, “If an outdoor jacket is worn for a couple of years and then ends up forgotten in the back of a wardrobe, its full potential is never reached. Most outdoor gear will last much longer than people want or need it to. If that jacket is donated through Gift Your Gear to a local community organisation, youth group or charity that works in the outdoors, not only is the useful life of the jacket extended, but another person gets to experience the joy of good gear as well.”

Find all of your unwanted outdoor gear and get it ready for the next Gift Your Gear.

Gift Your Gear invites any charities working with young people in the outdoors to contact them.

Rohan – Gift Your Gear Month The Stories

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 5th May, 2013

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The response to Gift Your Gear by Rohan customers has been tremendous their boundless generosity has provided a vast amount of usable outdoor gear that will go on to have a new lease of life in the great outdoors and help to ensure those experiences are enjoyable and safer.

The number of community organisations, youth groups and charities supported by Gift Your Gear keeps growing over forty so far. We’ll be hearing more in the coming months about them and learning about how your Gift Your Gear donations are making a difference.

The donated outdoor gear makes a real difference to local community organisations, youth groups and charities. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors, regardless of their circumstance.

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Gift Your Gear Beneficiaries

Barca – Leeds

Barnsley Sea Scouts – Barnsley

Bendrigg Trust – Kendal

Cabot Scouts – Bristol

Cambridgeshire DofE – Cambridgeshire

Community Links – The Brede Arkless Centre – Canning Town

Craggers – Brighton and Hove

Devon Young Outdoors Club – Newton Abbott

E20 East Enders Fishing Trust – Canning Town

Explore Scout Leader – Rhondda, South Wales

Follifoot Park Disabled Riding Group – Harrogate

Graveney School DofE – London

Ilkley Air Cadets - Ilkley

Inclusion Hampshire – Hook Hampshire

Journey 2 Self  – Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Northumberland

Lambourne End Center – Lambourne

Learning and Outreach Strategy Lead – South Downs National Park Authority

Lupine Adventure – Leeds West Yorks

Mixenden Activity Centre – Halifax

Moray DofE – Moray

Midlothian Air Cadets – Midlothian

Oakley Adventure – East London

Open Country – Harrogate

People and the DALES  (YDMT) – Yorkshire Dales

Perth DofE – Perth

Reed School DofE – Cobham Surrey

Ringfield Hall – Suffolk

Severnoaks Air Cadets – Severnoaks

Sky Young Carers – Sky and Lochalsh, Highlands

Somercoates Scout Group – Derbyshire

Stockport Air Cadets – Stockport

St Andrews DofE – St Andrews

The Calvert Trust – The Lake District

The Princess Trust – Edinburgh

The Woodlands School – Edinburgh

The Youth and Community Partnership – Southport

Torquay DofE – Torquay

Warwick College DofE – Warwick

Westminster House Youth Group – London

WPA Play – Somerset

Youth Venture Trust – Swansea

York DofE – York

 

Gift Your Gear a tremendous success

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd April, 2013

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Gift Your Gear a tremendous success thanks to everyone who donated gear.

The number of garments donated has far exceeded our expectations. The quality of the donated clothing needs a special mention. In particular some Rohan clothing of over 30 years vintage and still going strong. I know the fact that many of the donations will have a new lease of life on the hills made donating easier for many Rohanists. Parting with old friends is never easy.

Not only Rohan clothing, many outdoor brands are represented, old and new from across the globe.

The Rohan – Gift Your Gear event has been really special.

It has proved to be a way we can all come together and make a difference. To help make some young people’s experiences in the great outdoors more enjoyable and safer. The donated gear will be sorted over the next few days and will be on its way to Gift Your Gear beneficiaries all over the country.

We will be telling the stories of the Gift Your Gear beneficiaries as well as some of the highlights of the Gift Your Gear sort on Rohantime over the next few weeks

A special mention goes to the Rohan Shop teams especially those that went the extra mile in their support of Gift Your Gear. It made a very big difference.

Thank You

Sarah Howcroft

New Year Gear Clear Out

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 8th January, 2013

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We have noticed some really good outdoor gear being made available on ROG over the last few week.

Lots of winter climbing and mountaineering gear and really well specked rucksacks and boots.

A Kayak package and Fresh Water Fishing package.

The ad. below caught our eye.

It is a stand out ad because of  the quality and variety of gear offered.

Very tempting…

If you are interested in any item drop us a comment below or reply to the ad

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Cabot District Scouts – Ten Tors Team

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd January, 2013

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Cabot District Scouts – Ten Tors Team & Gift your Gear

Members of this years Ten Tors Team show off their Rohan waterproofs donated through Gift Your Gear at Ashton Court, taking a well earned rest during a day’s navigation training in November. Starting out with sleet, heavy rain and strong winds, the day turned dry and relatively mild only to end with showers and a cool breeze. All four seasons in less than 12 hours – just like Dartmoor.

” The benefit of the gifted gear is best defined as “providing an opportunity to all so as to ensure that ability to pay (for training and kit) is not the over-riding criteria for participation”.  The scout District boundary includes some of the most wealthy areas of Bristol but equally includes areas of council and social housing; single parent families etc. Having been born just after the war in London I know first hand how families sometimes have to make difficult choices as they do not have elastic funds. In some of the areas the scout District covers the first question we get asked is “how much?” (from the scouts as well as parents) rather than “when do we start?”. That is why we started the equipment bank in the first place – we also quietly and gently support some families financially by subsidising the training fee. As a social commentary what we are also witnessing is the other end of the spectrum “chequebook scouting” where finding financial resources is easy for families, but parents are so busy with their own lives that they don’t have the time to spend with their own children. Inclusion covers both ends of the spectrum.

“Cabot scouts Ten Tors training team had set up its own equipment loan bank over 15 years ago in order to ensure that everyone in the District had access to equipment of the standard required to cope with the harsh conditions of Dartmoor.  It can be mighty rough during the training period February to May which has taken its toll on kit. Now however thanks to Gift Your Gear we have a set of nearly new waterproof jackets to loan out to our team members as they navigate the 2 day self sufficiency challenge carrying all their kit over a minimum of 35 miles. There’s a 45 and 55 route for the older age groups. We are just one of 400 teams from across the South West from, schools, cadet units, scouts and other youth groups who take part each May in the annual event now in its 53rd year, which is organised by the army”. – Laurence

Learn more about our training programme at Cabot’s own Ten Tors website

Cabot District Scout Group where one of the beneficiaries of the recent Rohan Gift Your Gear initiative

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