About Edge Adventures

Our Story

Edge Adventures was born around a campfire in 2018.

Edge Adventures was created by the founder of Edge Autism, Samantha Roberts, an innovator within the social care industry. Edge Autism specialises in working with young autistic and learning-disabled people aged 18-35, using a person-centred approach. This means young people can set and achieve their own measurable outcomes, supported by our specialist team. This allows young people to realise and take pride in their own success. Edge Adventures uses this person-centred approach, combined with the many benefits of the great outdoors, to help transitioning teenagers and young people achieve their outcomes. Whether the goal is to try something for the first time or make new friends, gaining essential life skills and the confidence to gain more independence is a given. Despite causing a delay, the pandemic provided a perfect opportunity to test the concept and Edge Adventures was born! 

Edge Adventures encourages young people to experience Scotland like never before, through a combination of outdoors, wilderness and water. Edge Adventures offers fully supported residential trips in the Highlands; day trips throughout Scotland; and local seasonal, weekly clubs. These include a range of activities: from abseiling and kayaking, to bushcraft and digital animation; and Dungeons and Dragons or Warhammer club. Now with global adventures scheduled for 2022, autistic and learning disabled young people can travel with us internationally, fully supported and without limits, with their peers and new friends, in truly amazing places around the world. 

We’re proudly part of Edge Autism Limited, a 6-star care at home and community service for autistic teenagers in Edinburgh & the Lothians. We don’t just think we are the best, we can prove it. 

We support Scottish enterprise and have exciting collaborations coming to market over the next 18 months. We are growing all the time, safe in the knowledge that the bigger we get, the more good we do.     

What We Do

●     We use a combination of outdoors, wilderness and water to improve young people’s emotional and physical well-being.

●     Edge Adventures combines our expertise of working with autistic and learning-disabled young people and our specialist knowledge of outdoors, wilderness and water. We know that the impact this can have on young lives is transformative. 

●     The powerful impact of the outdoors, wilderness and water helps our young people gain greater understanding of themselves and how they connect with others, which leads to lasting positive change.

●     We want all autistic and learning-disabled young people to have the confidence to develop positive relationships and address social isolation and loneliness.

●     With a focus on outdoors, wilderness and water, our young people become fitter, healthier and more confident young adults.

●     Edge Adventures supports young people to build resilience, confidence and improve on ability. We focus on an individual’s strengths, equipping them with essential life skills, and building confidence, improving their future potential.

●     All programmes will be underpinned by innovative and ground-breaking research. Impact and evaluation have been embedded in Edge Autism since day one. All programmes will evaluate wellbeing change from a participant and whole-group perspective. We will also work with parents and referral partners to obtain their perspectives on changes to the young people we support.

●     Edge Adventures, through outdoors, wilderness and water, will focus on individuals’ wellbeing including self-esteem, resilience, confidence, social trust, positive functioning and friendships.

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