National Lottery Community Fund Award

A new era has dawned for Lancashire Youth Challenge. Thanks to National Lottery funding we have exciting plans for the future.

We are delighted to have recently appointed Guy Christiansen as chief executive and Sam Duckles as youth support worker, who are looking forward to launching the Our Place in The World programme.

This three-year programme of activity is possible due to a £120,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK.

LYC works with up to 60 young people aged 13-25 annually referred by schools, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, charities and other youth organisations.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, Our Place In The World will give young people the chance to explore their identity through activities including fitness, mindfulness, arts and creative projects and an opportunity to do a big challenge to inspire confidence and success within themselves,” said Guy, a former creative learning director at The Dukes.

This summer’s challenge is a long distance walk from Newcastle to Carlisle along Hadrian’s Wall and the young people involved are already in training at Bay Fit Performance PT in Lancaster.

Joining them for the first time will be new youth support worker, Lancaster’s Sam Duckles, a former Carnforth High School pupil, whose interest in youth work followed an 18-month placement in Medellín, Colombia supporting community development.

“I’m over the moon to be involved with LYC and very excited to get stuck in,” said Sam. He will work one-to-one with young people, steering them through a personal development programme to achieve their goals.

Guy said: “LYC’s aim is to deliver a holistic programme of physical activities, cultural education and creative arts projects to enable the transformation of young people into positive, responsible and successful individuals and we aspire to extend our activities to Preston and possibly the Fylde coast.”