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:
These are aimed primarily at young people aged from 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
The Real Opportunities Now programme or ‘RON’ is a 2 week engagement programme aimed at 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The first week is spent on a “3 day Challenge” taking part in confidence building activities such as mountain biking, hiking and kayaking and the second week is spent visiting local training providers and looking at what provision is available to them.
The programme is run once a month and has capacity for up to 8 young people.
RON has been running for over 5 years and has had over 230 young people take part, nearly 70% of those have progressed into education, employment or training.
“RON provides an example of how often the best solutions to improve outcomes for young people come from the young people themselves and those working directly to support them. All they need is some time, some space and access to some resources.
It is often the support for the first small steps and changes that some young people need most which can be missing. This support is often practical, personalised and a prerequisite for them to access the larger more established or more formal or organised offers of ongoing support.
Most of all, RON is a credit to all those young people involved, those working directly to support them and those that believe in and continue to support RON.”
Commissioner for Positive Activities, Isle of Wight Council
The RON programme is supported by the Isle of Wight Council.
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.
“Alternative Thursday Nights”
Every Thursday evening during term time we invite young people who’ve completed a Challenge Course to take part in outdoor and other positive activities with Challenge & Adventure.
These range from from mountain biking, to kayaking; orienteering to overnight camps; cooking to helping in the community.
The Alternative Thursday Nights give the young people a positive alternative to ‘hanging around town’ where it’s easy to make bad choices, Alternative Friday Nights are completely voluntary and are funded entirely by the charity, at no cost to the young people.