At Challenge 4 Change, no two days are at all the same and we thought it best to give you a flavour just how diverse a week can be and the types of groups we deal with on a weekly basis.

Monday 17 February 2014

The week was started when >>Link for Life, Rochdale brought 12 disabled young people to the centre. Four of the young people arrived in wheelchairs and a fantastic session ensued. One of the helpers who came with the young people said that one of the girls “had never moved so much in her life”. The smiling faces at the end of 3 and a half hours of fun filled activities were a great reward for our instructors and staff. It was also clear to see that the young people had all achieved more than they thought they could when they arrived at Challenge 4 Change.

Wednesday 19 February

Challenge 4 Change partnered with >>Reachout UK, a mentoring charity, to host a corporate challenge day, which was kindly sponsored by >>Metronet UK. The day saw teams of 5 staff from RBS, Bank of New York, Arrow Global, Simply Health, ZurichReachOut Finance and Jones Lang LaSalle compete against each other. Each team also had 2 young people attached to them from local schools (see picture of the ice breakers in the tyre pit. The day was fantastic with ground level challenges in the morning and aerial activities after a great lunch from the warren Bruce Court Bistro. The team prize went to Arrow Global and was presented by Alex Williams MBE from >>City in the Community.

Friday 21st February

A group of 14-16 year olds from a behavioural unit were brought to the centre by >>Stockport Homes for our Teams Not Gangs programme. The Teams Not Gangs programme is a 3 stage process which goes through the positives of working in a team, what can be achieved and the fun that can be had using our ground level challenges. It then explores consequences using a lot of role play our ex prison officer, ex prisoner and mother of a serving prisoner as well as using our jail and prison cell. The final part is about bravery and uses the aerial challenges as well as a lot of discussion about what the brave thing to do is in a number of circumstances. The programme is all about choices and the feedback we have had on it so far has been excellent with Anti Social Behaviour dropping where this programme has been implemented. One 16 year old arrived, speaking like a gangster and threatening to ‘smoke’ our Instructors. He didn’t participate much in the first part of the session but by the time the aerial challenges came around he was attached to Dennis and even apologised to the instructors for his earlier behaviour. The difference in the whole group was fantastic but it was great to see this particular young lad changed from a hard Manchester gangster into a pleasant young lad from Cheshire in the space of 3 hours. The following feedback was received after the session

“I just wanted to pass on my thank. I brought a group of young people from a behavioural unit today and I was quite apprehensive about how the day would go. I think the team were excellent with them and judging by the way they left (compared to the way they arrived!!) and the conversations I had with them on the way home it’s safe to say this morning has had an impact on them. They can be a difficult bunch and your guys did witness some of it but they took absolutely no messing and there was a remarkable change in attitude from some of the group, it really was brilliant to see.” Rebecca McAvoy, Education Officer, Stockport Homes

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If you have not managed to visit Challenge 4 Change yet a virtual tour is now online and can be viewed by the world via desktop, tablet or smartphone.
You can simply open Google, search for Challenge 4 Change and click the See Inside link on the right hand side of the page.

Alternatively you can access the tour on our website by clicking >>here.

Tower 2 Tower Cycle Challenge

Yes, >>Tower2Tower it’s back! So, if you want to have a go at cycling from Blackpool to Manchester in August, or know someone that may, please email

And Finally

The Tower 2 Tower Challenge isn’t enough for our CE this year, so he is going to run the Alpine Marathon as well. You can support him, and Challenge 4 Change, at via the >>Just Giving site