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 relationship….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.”
The Children of Courage Awards
Last year, 2 of the young people from Climbing Out were nominated for the West Midlands Children of Courage Awards. Chelsey Dixon and Molly Evans had both taken part in a Climbing Out programme and have gone on to do some incredible things, both in their own lives and for the charity. The 2 girls received fantastic support from many of the other Climbing Out participants who turned up to support them at the awards and it was very special to see the friendships that had developed between them all.
Both Molly and Chelsey were winners on the night, with Molly winning the “Fundraiser of the Year” category and Chelsey winning the main award of the evening, “The Steven Sutton Award”. This was a very special award for the young people as many of them new Stephen when he was in hospital and had great respect for him. Stephens’s mother was there on the evening and presented Chelsey with her award.
Winning these awards really showed just how far Chelsey and Molly have come since joining Climbing Out and we are incredibly proud of them both, and all the other young people who showed them such incredible support.
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.