Tees-Valley Care can offer a bespoke and unique alternative education package within the care provision, focusing on adventurous activities. Gavin manages the Adventure Education Programme and has been working with young people for 15 years in a number of different roles including being a Youth Worker, Residential Support Worker, Freelance Instructor, Adventure Education Co-ordinator at a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and a rugby coach. For the past 12 years, he has used adventurous activities as a tool for personal development and experiential learning. Gavin is able to combine his experience of delivering high quality activities and experiences to provide a wide range of qualifications and awards, both activity based and academic. His qualifications are:

  • Mountain Training Mountain Leader (Summer)
  • Mountain Training Rock Climbing Instructor
  • British Canoeing UKCC Level 2 Canoe and Kayak Instructor
  • British Canoeing Canoe Coach (Moderate White Water)
  • British Canoeing Canoe Coach (Moderate Open Water)
  • British Canoeing SUP DSM
  • British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Level 2 MIAS Mountain Biking Instructor
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor (Bronze/Silver/Gold)
  • NVQ Level 4 Advice and Guidance
  • Level 3 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector (PTTLS)
  • AQA Unit Award Scheme Tutor
  • ASDAN Personal Awards and Short Course Tutor

The activities can provide a valuable alternative, often non-competitive avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance. Through successfully facing up to the challenges which activities provide, the young people have the chance to overcome fears and apprehensions along the way, making major strides in confidence, with implications for all aspects of their development. Though a highly qualified and experienced Adventure Education team, the activities which Tees-Valley can deliver are:

Adventure Swimming
Ghyll Scrambling / Gorge Walking
High Ropes Courses
Hill Walking
Improvised Raft Building
Indoor Rock Climbing
Low Ropes Courses
Mountain Biking
Rock Climbing
Sit on Top kayaking
Stand Up Paddle boarding
Team Building
White water canoeing
Wild Camping

Through these activities, we can also deliver National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications including:

  • NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Association Scheme) levels 1-3
  • NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) Bronze & Silver
  • MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor Scheme) Gears Level 1-5
  • British Canoeing Start Award, Discover Award, Explore Award and Canoe Award
  • Mountain Training Hill Skills
  • Mountain Training Mountain Skills

The above are national awards which are recognised and  can be used across the UK and internationally. Linking in with the activities, the team are also able to deliver more academic based awards including AQA Unit Awards and ASDAN Personal Development Programmes and Short Courses. This allows for an excellent balance between both classroom based learning and learning outside the classroom.

Based a stones throw away from the North York Moors, many of our activities are based locally. However, we also deliver the activity programme in the beautiful surroundings of North Yorkshire, Durham, the Lake District and North Pennines with the aim to get the best and most varied venues available. Each young person is offered two activity days per week minimum as well as intensive support in gaining the AQA and ASDAN awards. 

We are proud to be holder of AALA licence, Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge and Adventure mark as well as a member of the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA), ensuring that our delivery is safe and of the highest quality so our young people get the most out of each day.