History of BF Adventure
BF Adventure (formerly The Bishop's Forum) was established in 1989 by a group of 12 individuals with a background in industry, public service, land owning, private business and the church. This group included the Bishop of Truro; hence the name. Its mission was defined as:
"Promoting the advancement of education of young people in Cornwall who through their social and economic circumstances are in need and/or are unable to gain employment"
Today the charity operates across the county of Cornwall with a permanent full time staff including Instructors, Management Support team and Volunteers, plus a flexible bank of freelance and part-time instructors. The combined team offers a comprehensive and specialist range of experience and skills including youth work, advice and guidance, education, contract management, disability inclusion and challenging behaviour management, finance, training, marketing, business development, fundraising, health and fitness, environmental, creative arts and outdoor adventurous activity.
BF Adventure works with statutory bodies, voluntary and private sector organisations concerned with the well-being of young people, particularly those disadvantaged through social deprivation, physical and mental disability, and behavioural and / or learning difficulties.
While this core charitable work represents 75% of BF Adventure’s throughput, the activity centre is also popular with mainstream groups such as Guides, Scouts, schools, external groups, families, businesses (for corporate team building activities), and a wide variety of social events. All non-charity work generates a profit to support the overall operation.
Activities offered by BF Adventure include problem solving, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, swimming, kayaking, archery, orienteering, bushcraft and survival skills, camping, Quarrysteering and independent living skills (budgeting, cooking, planning, job search skills, IT, basic numeracy and literacy). Where possible and appropriate these activities are embedded into accredited programmes at pre GCSE / GCSE level.
While, as a priority, maximum use is made of the outdoor classroom, indoor activity and problem solving space is utilised both during poor weather and increasingly to address wider educational, key and other “soft” skills, and elements of career guidance.
The main BF Adventure site is the Goodygrane Activity Centre which enjoys outstanding views of Falmouth Bay and comprises some 60 acres of land including four rain-filled quarries. The site was formerly a granite quarry and its rugged terrain provides an ideal environment for all activities on both day courses and residential visits.
From information we have gathered from historical documents and local stories we understand that granite aggregate extraction from Goodygrane quarries was carried out by several companies up until the mid 1980’s.