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Key4Life 93K4L logo with strapline1Key4Life delivers innovative programmes to young men who are at risk of offending, or soon to be released from prison. Validated by the MoJ, the programme uses Emotional Resilience, employability, mentoring and ongoing support. Key4Life participants are four times more likely to be in employment one year post-release and half as likely to reoffend than non-participants.

This donation from Whirlwind allows us to deliver Equine Facilitated Learning to participants on our HMP Brixton programme and Bristol and London ‘At Risk’ programmes (weekly workshops in Somerset as well as in prison and in the community). Equine Facilitated Learning builds self-respect, boundaries, confidence and provides a new experience for participants, primarily through exercises on the ground as well as some horse riding.

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Sportability aims to put the “buzz” back into the lives of people with paralysis, let them experience the
elusive adrenaline rush, to empower through achievement and ultimately to inspire the thought “If I can
do this, what else can I achieve?”

Last year we offered over 800 completely free places for people with paralysis across 67 events in 13
regions around the UK. Of these, 23 were multi-sport days which offered two or three activities within
one event

Thanks to a donation from Whirlwind, we’ll be able to provide full programme in one of those regions.
That’s around 100 people with paralysis going quadbiking, gliding, sailing, shooting, canoeing, microlight
flying, and many more.

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The Secchi Disk study is the largest, global marine citizen science study conducted by seafarers The donation from Whirlwind will enable a complete renewal of the iOS Secchi application to help seafarers submit the data they have collected to the Secchi Disk study’s database. The aim of the Secchi Disk study, which is now in its 7th year, is to engage seafarers to help compile a time series of the oceans’ phytoplankton so that we can better understand this important marine life. The study is open to all ages and provides a great educational opportunity while at sea, in addition to the collection of valuable and unique, scientific data.


VOA Logo2019 is Vision of Adventure’s first year of operating independently. We are excited to be running 14 courses and events for our visually impaired participants. Its really hard for visually impaired adults to find opportunities to pursue activities at a level beyond the beginner/ Introductory level. We are delighted to be able to work with people to develop them as climbers, cavers and canoeists. Thanks to support from the Whirlwind Trust, 6 visually impaired climbers and 5 visually impaired canoeists will be able to build their skills and independence in these sports. They will receive support before and after their courses to help them get the most from the experience.