In August we had a visit from local social enterprise PIE: Pursuing Individual Excellence, who were running a summer programme for autistic young people. The programme aimed to develop young people’s social skills, tackle social isolation over the summer, and help young people develop coping strategies for anxiety, anger and stress.
They came to Challenge 4 Change with the intention of challenging young people’s perceptions about what they could achieve, and breaking down barriers. A number of the students had said they had fears of heights and many struggled trying new things.
During the full day visit, they completed team games and challenges in the tyre room, took on the sling shot and tackled the aerial course. Each and every student completed a new challenge and overcame a barrier or fear during the day.
Comments from the team included:
“I loved challenge 4 change because it gave me the chance to try new things. I thought I couldn’t try new things before because I was always scared but we did so much on the day that now I feel like I can try things.”
“This helped me to think that I can try and do things I am scared of. I felt great after doing the aerial course even though I am scared of heights.”
“The instructors were really kind and gave us lots of support – they made us feel like we could do things.”