Build Up’s story
Build Up was founded in 2014 by construction company Adventure Playground Engineers (APES).
Named originally as Risk Agency, the company sought to create a training programme that gave young people the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and develop fundamental life skills.
Our beginnings were simple; a group of young people, construction tools, a supply of materials and a stock of ideas. In five days and with the hard work of five talented young people we built our first project at Oasis Children’s Venture.
We have come along way since then and in 2017 Risk Agency’s trustees and staff decided to change the charity’s name to Build Up Foundation in response to partner feedback. Giving young people the space to take risks and test out ideas remains central to what we do; this is how we Build Up the next generation.