TAKING part in fun and challenging activities such as gorge walking, orienteering and canoeing can give someone’s sense of wellbeing a real boost.

And none more so than those who may struggle with low self-esteem, depression and social isolation.

In recognition of this Bolton’s WAVE Adventure has been awarded more than £74,000 to provide confidence-building, activities for vulnerable children and young adults in the borough.

The grant, from BBC Children in Need will help the charity develop a programme to support 750 disadvantaged children and young people over the next three years.

They will have the chance to take part in adventurous activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. And the project is also designed to improve confidence, health and relationship skills.

Founder Graham Wood said: “We are over the moon. I have seen the huge difference adventurous activities can make in young people’s lives.

“WAVE Adventure exists so that all young people in Bolton can have the opportunity to take part in activities which benefit them in many ways. It does make a massive difference There is some evidence it can be life changing, if someone really takes to one of the activities and develops their skills and confidence.”

Mr Wood also thanked Children in Need for its vital funding. He added: “We could not work with the young people in Bolton without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to have a positive impact on the lives of so many young people.”