In August 2017, we headed off to the Lake District to tackle the Great Lakes Challenge!

This challenge was our first open water expedition, adding an additional obstacle for many of our young people who began the year with a fear of the water.

Regular swimming lessons, Ghyll scrambling events and a day out at Blackpool Wake Park helped to develop the young people’s confidence on and in the water.

Thanks to the young people’s commitment, resilience and fantastic team work we were able to canoe the full lengths of Coniston Water, Lake Windermere and Ullswater.

Each and every young person who took part in our 2017 challenge returned to Lancashire knowing that they had achieved something they initially thought was impossible – they had set goals, worked hard and been supported to push through difficulties and barriers.

What a great way to spend the summer holidays! Somehow the new forthcoming year in education, and any difficulties they may be facing at home, didn’t seem quite so daunting.

Watch our Great Lakes Challenge documentary film below: