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The perfect volunteering opportunity for climbers

TCA has a close relationship with climbing charity Urban Uprising, we host workshops and regularly run fundraisers, such as this month’s Club Uprising (in Glasgow). Urban Uprising is recruiting volunteers for expanding projects in Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Who are Urban Uprising?

Urban Uprising was launched in the UK in 2017 with the aim to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young people struggling to elevate themselves. Since then they have reached hundreds of young people and seen their confidence, self-reliance and resilience grow alongside their climbing skills.

Due to growing success, the team is now recruiting additional Session Volunteers in Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow. This is a crucial role in the successful delivery of their unique climbing programmes, with individuals being responsible for helping to run climbing sessions alongside qualified instructors, creating a consistent experience for groups and participants, and providing participants with positive role models.

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What you get in return

It is a hugely rewarding role. Through a structured programme, you will help young people learn how to climb safely and responsibly, but also gain improved self-esteem, develop life and employment skills, find adventure and a sense of community.

In addition, there are a number of training and development opportunities, including

  • Red cross or St Andrews First Aid
  • NSPPC Safeguarding Children
  • Professional climbing qualifications
  • Personal development through induction and ongoing reviews

Founder Stu Green said, “We have a diverse range of volunteers, ranging from 21 to 65 years old, from novice to experienced climbers, but we all share a passion for climbing and helping others to benefit from the positive impact it can bring. I’m really excited about the next phase of our growth and building and empowering even more skilled volunteers to increase our reach and impact.

Urban Uprising volunteer Ainsley Martin, winner of Mountaineering Scotland Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, was nominated for her outstanding contribution to Urban Uprising. She said, “Volunteering with Urban Uprising has been enormously enjoyable. I support climbing sessions, get to know some pretty cool groups of kids, play games, offer encouragement and the occasional power spot to help them reach the first hold! We build on their climbing skills, but also their confidence, reflect on their changing attitudes to returning to a problem and try to bring the group to a place where they also support and encourage each other.”


To be considered as a Session Volunteer and help Urban Uprising reach even more young people, please apply here.



If you are in Glasgow, join us after the final round of the Winter Series Bouldering Competition for a chance to kick back with lots of other climbers, at our special "Club Uprising" club night at Stereo (Renfield Lane), Glasgow. ALL welcome. Sat 29 February 2020, from 11pm.
Tickets are cheaper when purchased online, so book in advance.