This is the second in a series of web articles on the organisational members of the In2venture community, last weeks piece featured COAC In2venture.
FOG stands for Forest of Galtres, which for those of you that don’t know is close to York! FOG In2venture was founded in the summer of 2007 and is a partnership between Galtres Church and the Christian Charity In2venture.
FOG’s “feet on the ground” are provided by husband & wife team Steve & Sarah Windass who are strongly supported by Pastor Bob Mapplebeck and the congregation of Galtres Church. John Brittlebank represents FOG In2venture on In2venture’s board of Trustees.
The work in York strongly embodies many of In2venutre’s core charitable values: strong local community links; youth focus; utilisation of local resources etc. To this end Steve & Sarah run after school “Adventure Clubs” 3-4 nights per week catering separately for the 8-11 & 11-18 year old age groups. These sessions feature: indoor climbing; archery and pedal carts.
Steve’s work with the Joseph Trust is also benefited by the In2venture link which allows him to offer open canoeing sessions on the local canal to the disaffected young people he works with.
Thanks to generous support from a fellow Christian which allows him to commit more time to FOG In2venture Steve hopes in due course to be able to spend some time working on a new initiative “In2venture Intervention” a project aimed at supporting young people with challenging behavioral issues. It is planned that through 1:1 work using outdoor activity to be able to offer help in areas like: self esteem, trust, respect etc.
Its evident that the work of FOG In2venture is very much not a numbers game, rather quality time is invested into a relatively small number of young people within a supportive framework of Christian values with the aim of producing long term benefit.
In addition to their work with FOG In2venture Steve & Sarah are also involved in offering instructor / leadership support to the “Ventures” Christian young peoples’ holidays that take place at Blaithwaite House each summer and have been heavily involved in the Torchbearers Crossroads Camp in Albania to which they are regular visitors.