ChallengeU

ChallengeU is a unique, holistic, outdoor activity based early intervention programme for young people who have disengaged with society or educations - including those who have offended, or who are in danger of offending. Based in our grounds, near Pulborough, West Sussex; in its own 32 acres of woodland overlooking the South Downs National Park.

Under qualified supervision, the robust project tackles behavioural and offending issues and aims to help young people realise their capabilities, gain confidence, build self-esteem and attain life skills.

Young people will face a robust approach with consistent boundaries and structured stimulating days. The modules focus on the individual; challenging attitudes and promoting pro-social behaviour.

The provocatively named ChallengeU works with referring agencies towards targeted outcomes for each individual.

The robust project takes young people on a pathway to adulthood, tracking the distance they travel, and providing an achievement journal so that their milestones of success are clearly identified, with the ultimate aim of successful employment in society.

Quotes from young people who have completed the ChallengeU project

"Can I come back, can I do more, can you take us further away"

"I have my exclusion meeting next week, I want to go back to school"

"This has made me realise how my actions affect others around me, I want to change the way I act"

and from those who sent the young people on the course:

"Our student finds the school environment overwhelming at times, so having the opportunity to have time away from this usual setting has really helped his confidence and enabled him to see what he can achieve if he puts his mind to it"

"Our young people were clearly challenged and then encouraged to push themselves out of their comfort zones and the feedback from them was fantastic. They obviously learnt a lot of things and gained lots of recognition from your staff through verbal and written feedback including certificates in the portfolio which was provided by your team. What has been of most value is what they have learnt about themselves, their behaviour and its effect on others. This has put them on the pathway to becoming more mature and considered young people."

Dates & cost of courses

  • Each programme allows for 10 participants.  Places are non-transferable.
  • 20th – 25th February 2017
  • 17th – 22nd April 2017
  • 29th May – 3rd June 2017
  • 23rd – 28th October 2017
  • Term time and other dates also available by arrangement
  • 1-1  2 hour bespoke sessions available £49

The cost is £299 per young person [T&C's apply]

To refer contact Jamie Gordon, Project Coordinator at activities@lodgehill.org.uk for further details or to make a referral