Challenge and Adventure received a grant to assist them to purchase 12 mountain bikes, helmets and a specialist trailer.
Challenge and Adventure aim to help young people who are in care, excluded from school, in the criminal justice system or are substance misusers. The group wanted to be able to give their clients a positive and healthy activity to get involved in. The bike trailer was purpose built and will enable the young people to experience and engage in an activity which is fun and outdoors in the fresh air, giving team building opportunities (as they cycle in a group), as well as enhancing their coordination and balance.
Some of these young people will have never ridden a bike before and so get the opportunity to learn a new skill. As the Isle of Wight is rated one of the 10 best places in the world for cycling by the renowned Lonely Planet Guide, what better place to discover parts of the Island the young people have never been to. Much of Challenge & Adventure’s outdoor activities and challenges are based on the “Framework of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.”
Once their bespoke built trailer had arrived, Challenge and Adventure invited us to meet with some of the young people who would be using the equipment. When we arrived they were individually working on a power point presentation using lap tops. After a morning of hard concentration, it was great for them to take a break and get out in the fresh air with their bikes.
The beneficiaries of this grant were children and young people and so met IWCF grant criteria of promoting health, well-being and mental health.