Climbing Out is having a huge impact on the lives of young people. The following video shows one participants story and how taking part in a Climbing Out programme changed his life
How the programmes are changing lives:
The programmes are changing the lives of young people and providing a spring board for young people to start living life again post injury, illness or trauma. After attending a programme participants have had the confidence to go to university, change careers, go travelling, enter into relationships… but most importantly, they’ve had the confidence to be the person they want to be.
Letters of Support
In 2015, Matthew Slavin, a research student from the University of Glasgow chose to write the thesis for his MSc in Psychology on the Psychosocial impact of an Adventure Programme on Young Survivors of Cancer, basing his research on the Climbing Out programmes.
Matthew conducted a number of interviews with participants who had taken part in one of our programmes over the last 3 years and examined the long term impact of attending a programme.
His findings provide us with formal evidence as to exactly why the programmes are having the incredibly impact that they are having.
“It would appear that involvement in Climbing Out helps not only to foster adjustment and recovery following a major chronic illness but actually precipitates post traumatic growth.”
“Participants state a greater sense of personal strength, better relationships with others, renewed confidence and a greater appreciation of life that surpasses pre-trauma levels.”
“Interactions with peers who had been through similar experiences provided what appeared to be a safe place for reflection, the opportunity to push themselves in an environment of encouragement, to feel part of something greater than themselves, and to make connections with others that may grow in friendship.”
Matthew is now extending his study to look at the long term impact of the Climbing Out programmes, doing interviews with participants 3months and 6months after attending programmes. The findings from this research will hopefully be available in 2018
Climbing Out Awards
Every other year the Climbing Out Awards are held. We present 6 awards recognising the outstanding achievements of the young people we’re working with. Categories include Outstanding Achievement, Overcoming Adversity, Fundraiser of the Year and the converted Climbing Out Special Recognition Award.
The awards to aim to give the young people something to work towards, look forward to, and to further develop their confidence through being nominated, short listed and potentially winning.
The Climbing Out Club:
The Climbing Out Club is open any young person who has taken part in a 5 day programme and aims to offer long term support, friendship and development. The club organises 2 weekends a year, plus several social and fundraising events.
First and foremost, the club is about having fun, giving the young people the chance to come together and develop long lasting friendships. The club is now being run by the young people themselves under the support and guidance of Climbing Out, giving them the opportunity to continue to develop their confidence and personal skill sets. We are also supporting several our previous participants to become ambassadors of Climbing Out.