Aveling Adventure was have founded in August 2014 by Jenna Hynd and Catherine Winterburn. Both have worked in various roles with in the outdoor industry for over 10 years. However their expertise and experiences are very different, so we asked them both a few questions about life before Aveling Adventure.
This week we interviewed Jenna Hynd
How did you get into working in the outdoors?
I grew up in the country so being outside and making things comes naturally to me. I love doing physical activities especially if it means getting a bit muddy! I went to college when I was 16 to study horse breeding. However never really pursued that passion. I then began working in Bristol in various shops and bars. I knew I wanted to work in the outdoors again, strangely I missed the hard work.
I applied for a job as a pony trekking instructor for a large outdoor company. I missed out on this job but they asked if I would be interested in working as an outdoor activities instructor. Without hesitation I said yes.
What areas have you worked in with in the outdoors?
I have worked on a lot of different activity centres, both in this country and across Europe. I have taught people from as young as 4 right up to adult groups. The activities I have taught have been extremely varied from multi activity weeks, hen dos and taster sessions to specialist white water kayak coaching, climbing in Spain and specialist coaching in Italy.
My main love is working with young people with any variation of challenging behaviour. I really believe that the outdoors can work as a therapeutic tool to encourage conversation and people can learn a wide range of personal, social and emotional skills from it.
Why did you start Aveling Adventure?
I wanted adventure activities to be accessible to everyone. To do this I knew we couldn’t just have fixed centre. I decided that if we wanted to reach a broad demographic of people then we would need to be mobile and pop up places people didn’t expect. Some young people wouldn’t have the chance to go to a climbing centre but they may try climbing with us on our mobile climbing wall and decide it is a sport they would like to pursue.
Where do you see Aveling Adventure being in 5 years?
We are constantly developing and changing and always looking for exciting new ideas. This year for example we are teaming up with Ammerdown house to be able to offer residential holidays. This is a first for us and shows how far we have come
In 5 years I see us continuing to offer the quality we do now. I would hate us to become too big and loose our focus. We will continue to team up with large festivals and events to reach as many people as possible.
Another new for this year is our holiday camps. We are starting in April in Frome in Somerset. I can’t say much more but make sure you keep an eye on our facebook page