Lancashire Youth Challenge nurtures, supports, and challenges young people living in Lancashire to overcome barriers and obstacles to achieve personal success.
Our approach is strength and asset-based, recognising that all young people have the potential to achieve personal success and gain new skills when given an equitable opportunity, meaningful encouragement, and high-quality training.
Lancashire Youth Challenge has a small staff team, consisting of two full time staff and several part time practitioners, and is supported by a team of exceptionally, skilled, hard-working and dedicated volunteers.
In 2021, Lancashire Youth Challenge was honoured to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (MBE for Voluntary & Charitable Organisations)
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.
We provide an annual programme of targeted, youth provision that includes 400+ participatory sessions which take place in the early evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays. All our sessions, workshops and events are completely FREE for young people to access.
Our holistic programme starts with empowering and educating young people on developing their physical and emotional health through core fitness sessions, team sports activities, mental health awareness workshops, life skills training, emotional wellbeing sessions and creative arts workshops.
We recognise the profound and manifold benefits of engaging in the natural world, so we provide outdoor education workshops, bushcraft sessions, camping residentials, forest school activities and ambitious outdoor expeditions which include multi day cycle canoeing, and hiking challenges.
Once the young people have developed their self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy we then encourage them to make positive and meaningful change in their communities and with their peers via our community impact and peer mentoring projects.