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The Kirklees Adventure Trust, formerly The Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust, is a registered charity (#1118213) established in March 2007. The Trust works closely with the Kirklees Council’s DofE team, but it is an independent Registered Charity, which relies entirely on donations and grants.


In recent years the Trust has expanded its scope to enable not only young people but also vulnerable and isolated adults to participate in adventurous, volunteering and skilled activities. In particular, it aims to assist those people who are disadvantaged or with special needs.

Our goal is to support and strengthen the facilities of the Activity Centres, and thus support the provision of education, training and recreational facilities for young people and vulnerable and isolated adults in Kirklees, so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacitites.

Main Activities:

Provide and support adventurous activities, notably but not exclusively the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, through voluntary effort and fundraising.

Support & strengthen the facilities and resources at the Activity Centres of Little Deer Wood and Quarry Hill

Maintain links with interested parties and encourage their support.

Liaise with other Award groups to promote best practice.


We recognise that those we aim to help, face many challenges in their day-to-day lives. We support some of the most vulnerable and 'hard-to-reach', helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills that they need, to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives.


We actively support the Open Award Centres at Quarry Hill Centre, Almondbury and the Little Deer Wood Outdoor Activity Centre in Mirfield. Both centres provide a wide range of activities, led by highly qualified, experienced instructors and volunteers.

In supporting and helping to develop The Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, which is set in beautiful woodland surroundings, the Trust is committed to providing enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programmes of personal development, which are of the highest quality and the widest reach. The Activity Centre is open to all ages, regardless of background or ability.

We have a strong partnership with Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and our challenge is to make adventures such as DofE, and a wide range of other adventurous, volunteering and skilled activities available to many more young people and vulnerable and isolated adults, particularly those who may be disadvantaged.


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