For over 25 years here at Challenge & Adventure we have specialised in working with disadvantaged and challenging young people on the Isle of Wight.

We use adventurous and challenging outdoor activities alongside tailored support to challenge the young people’s behaviour and to help raise their confidence, self esteem and aspirations.

Our aim is to help them re-engage at school, home and in the wider community and to help them get their lives back on track.

Throughout the year we run various programmes designed specifically to offer the maximum support for the young people. These include the following:

Adventure Plus Programme

This programme is run by Challenge & Adventure in partnership with HTP Apprenticeship College.

It is a full time education course for young people aged between 16 and 18 years old. The programme is designed for those who are not exactly sure what they want to do next and perhaps are not yet ready for a full time college course or employment.

The programme consists of the following:

  • Level 1 NOCN Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Maths and English at an appropriate level
  • Work Experience in a suitable local placement where appropriat

The programme starts in early September and runs on a full time academic basis until July.


Challenge Groups 

These are aimed primarily at young people aged between 12- 16 years old who are referred to us by agencies on the Isle of Wight. Many lack confidence and have low self-esteem; some have difficulties engaging with school; and some are at risk of getting into trouble with the authorities.

We offer a range of positive activities over a 8 or 9 week ‘Challenge’ period such as camping, mountain biking, climbing, water sports, archery, hiking etc.

A residential trip is often included during this time helping challenge groups bond and work through some of the issues they face in their day-to-day lives.

Young people who complete a challenge programme are invited to remain engaged with Challenge & Adventure to continue with additional activities and have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme


Challenge & Adventure invites all young people who complete a ‘Challenge’ course with us to remain engaged with the charity.

Those aged 14+ can choose to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Challenge & Adventure, putting their increased confidence and skills towards this well renowned accreditation. The DofE group meets once a week and is totally voluntary on the young persons part. During the award they will  find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity.