Established as a charity in 1993, Leaside Educational Trust delivers inspiring and engaging outdoor education activities to disadvantaged young people in Hackney and the surrounding London Boroughs.
Using fun, outdoor activities as the hook, Leaside encourages young people to become positive role models in their community, stay in education, develop their confidence, leadership skills and ambition.
Our activities include canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and raft-building, all delivered within an educational framework. We also take inner-city children on outdoor activity trips all over the UK - for many this is their first time out of London.
Last year Leaside had over 11,000 user visits. 40% of our users have special needs, including physical and/or mental disabilities. Over 60% of our young users are from Black and Ethnic Minorities. 40% of the young people who come to Leaside are on Free School Meals.
We work with over 30 local schools and youth groups and we deliver 176 recreational sessions per year for local children after-school, at weekends and during holiday times. Most of these children live on nearby housing estates and come from low income, single parent families.
We deliver free, fully accredited outdoor education courses to young people, equipping them with the skills and qualifications to secure employment in the leisure industry or to become national governing body level volunteer coaches. 50 young people achieve certificates and qualifications in outdoor activities each year.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation support has helped Leaside to deliver these much needed activities to disadvantaged young people.