In September 2015 Lancashire Youth Challenge became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, founded by Guy Christiansen, Yak Patel and Nik Marsdin.
Lancashire Youth Challenge nurtures, supports, and challenges young people living in North Lancashire to overcome barriers and obstacles to achieve personal success. At the heart of our ethos is the belief that everybody can achieve personal success and gain new skills when given an equitable opportunity, meaningful encouragement, and access to high-quality provision.
Lancashire Youth Challenge has a small staff team of two but is supported by a team of exceptionally, skilled, hard-working and dedicated volunteers and in 2021 Lancashire Youth Challenge was honoured to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The young people we work with are dealing with significant personal challenges, whether these relate to managing their mental health, coping with trauma, family breakdown, youth offending, housing poverty and/or family pressures. Our programme of regular physical fitness training, mindfulness & wellbeing, cultural and creative activity, peer mentor training and personal coaching/mentoring programme along with our ambitious annual challenge ensures that every one of our participants can gain new skills, build confidence, and achieve their own goals. These are key to building resilience and enable young people to feel optimistic and capable of entering training, further education, and employment to craft the lives they wish to lead.
Our distinctive holistic approach of facilitating physical activities, cultural education, community impact initiatives and creative arts projects to enable the transformation of young people into positive, responsible, and successful individuals is, we believe, unique to Lancashire Youth Challenge.