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A great week in Shropshire
31 Jul 2023

We’ve recently returned from our Shropshire programme – not far from the charity’s base.

It’s been another wonderful week of inspiring change and seeing our group grow in confidence.

Thank you to our funders for this programme - Team Forces, the DMF Ellis Charitable Trust, the Prudence Trust, and St. James's Place Charitable Foundation. Thanks to your generous support our group have left our programme with a list of actions and goals to take back control of their lives.

Here are some photos from the trip, along with some words from the participants at the end of their 5 days with us...

“In the 6 years I’ve battled with my mental health I have never come across a programme like Climbing Out... it has helped me understand how powerful my thoughts can be and I now have the confidence and strength to control what I choose to listen to and believe” Sophie (Police) 

 Abseiling Abseiling

“This week has inspired me to acknowledge and accept what has happened in the past and motivated me to take action to live the life I want to live. It has helped me see a future I want to live” Lauren (NHS)

 On the river

“I was stuck. Stuck in a life with no direction or motivation. Climbing Out has allowed and encouraged me to reset myself – to believe in myself and to grab a life with all its difficulties and its joys and get on with it” Hannah (Police) 


“This programme has been the kick start to making change and understanding why I think and feel the way I do. It has given me the tools to be happier, and the bravery to act” 

 Warming up

“I have achieved more in the last 5 days than in the 50 years before that... and I now have a coping mechanism that I’m really excited to try to deal with the anxiety I’ve been suffering from in the last year or more. This will live with me for the rest of my life” Claire 

Group with Team Forces flag 

“I look forward to using my new understanding as a more resilient and self-compassionate person” 


“I feel more hopeful for the future and now have the ability to understand why I think and feel the way I do and act on those thoughts in a healthier, structured way” 

 Group shot

“I now have purpose moving forwards” 


Well done to the group – keep up the good work!