It has been an interesting few weeks at Challenge 4 Change and the purpose of this email is to give you a brief update on some of that as well as to let you know about a few forthcoming events.

Blackpool to Paris “Tower 2 Tower” Cycle Challenge (16th – 23rd August 2014)

If this is something you want to get involved in as a cyclist, or know someone that may, please contact Tower 2 Tower Cyclists

If you know of any company that would like to join Safecote, Fibrelight and TGC Computers as sponsors of the event please get them to contact Tower 2 Tower Sponsors

You can keep up to date with all things to do with the challenge via twitter @tower2tower1

Blackpool to Manchester Cycle 16th August 2014

The entry fee for the above, picturesque and leisurely, ride is £25. If you would like to take part then please contact Blackpool to Manchester Cycle

Swiss Alpine Marathon

Most of you may know that I have cycled from Blackpool to Paris for the last two years to raise funds for Challenge 4 Change. I am doing that again but can’t really ask people to sponsor me so I have decided to do something more stretching. Therefore I have signed up to do the Swiss Alpine Marathon in July as well. This is a full 26.2 miles of pain up in the Swiss Alps around Davos. If you can, please sponsor me at Swiss Alpine Marathon

26 March

In the morning 10 x 11-13 year olds from Shaftesbury High School visited C4C for a 2 hour session working on building confidence and self-esteem. In the afternoon 15 staff from Key 103 visited the centre for a team bonding session. Both sessions were excellent and obviously very different. Joanne Brown from Key 103 tweeted “Thank you so much for an amazing afternoon @c4cteambuilding especially Chris who was fantastic”. We have since submitted a joint bid with Key 103 to Trafford Council via the Chest.

27 March

90 Year 10 and 11 pupils from Ashton-on Mersey School descended on Challenge 4 Change. These were split into two groups with 45 doing activities in the arena while the others undertook careers related training sessions in our conference and training rooms. In the afternoon the two groups swapped over. It was a fantastic, day where the teachers really got involved, one of whom has since been in touch about becoming a freelancer for us. Her comments were “I work at Ashton on Mersey secondary school & have just spent a wonderful day with you. Pupils were inspired. If you ever need a free lance female instructor I’d love to help….”

31 March

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, visited Challenge 4 Change. While he was at C4C two groups were participating in teambuilding sessions. One was brought by the Salford Reds Foundation and the other from The Prince’s Trust. Tony Lloyd was extremely interested to see what we had done to the old Tate & Lyle building as he is local to the area. He was also very interested in our Teams not Gangs programme.

1 April

A group of 13 & 14 year olds came to the centre with Leigh Community Trust. This is part of an ongoing relationship we have with the Trust and is aimed at engaging the young people and motivating them through team building activities. The session was inspiring for both us and them and quite a small group filled the centre with positive shrieks and laughter.

2 April

The RANS (Rochdale Additional Needs Service) team from Rochdale Council brought a group of young people with special needs. These included one blind young person, six with visual impairment, one who was hearing impaired and one with mild autism. The session was extremely stimulating and rewarding for all concerned and the Giant Swing in particular was a major hit with the group.

Up and Coming Bookings

In the next few days we are delivering a number of Teams not Gangs sessions for Bolton Council, Bispham High School and Barlow Moor Community Association. We also have a group coming to us from Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as well a child / parent engagement session we will be delivering for Eclypse Lifeline.

Part Funded Sessions Availability

We have been successful in securing funding from the Oglesby Trust for up to 50% funding for a number of sessions for community groups, schools and charities. If you are interested in applying for one of these please contact us on referencing ‘Oglesby Trust Funded Sessions.

We also have a number of free Teams not Gangs sessions we can provide thanks to funding from Simply Health. If you would like to apply for one of these please contact us on referencing ‘Simply Health Funded Sessions.’


And Finally

We have a programme of work to make sure people don’t miss us on their journey up and down Trafford Park Road. The first phase of this is our colourful new sign (see below) which Burnt Tree Vehicle Hire have kindly let us put on their fence. Thanks to Vital Signs and Graphics for the sign itself.