UK Rites of Passage Programme
UK Rites of Passage programme supports young people who are struggling to move on from homeless services, to develop the skills and confidence they need become independent young adults.
Through journeying, adventure and volunteering, in some of the UK's wildest landscapes young people learn and practice the skills they need to successfully live independently. Life skills such as budgeting, travel and cooking, alongside personal development skills such as team work, building positive relationships and managing stress and set-backs.
“There is no doubt that completers of the programme are very different people to those who started. These young adults are confident, competent and independent and have positive stories to tell”.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 2015 Externally Funded Evaluation
We are now recruiting for our latest Rites of Passage programme - Beyond Boundaries- an 18 day adventure, exploring the Lake District National Park and journeying all the way all the way to the Scottish National Nature Reserve, the Isle of Rum. Full details below.
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We are recruiting now for our latest, Big Lottery Funded Rites of Passage Programme: Beyond Boundaries.
This new more adventurous programme offers a journey from the Lake District National Park all the way to the Scottish Island of Rum. The experience includes wild camping, youth hostels and mountain bothies. Participants will travel by train, ferry and on foot across the Island of Rum. Participants will through journeying and adventure build core life skills, and gain valuable work experience volunteering alongside our conservation partners, on the Island of Rum, a Scottish National Nature Reserve.
To be eligible to apply you must be between the age of 18-28, have experienced or be experiencing challenging life circumstances, and be ready for a challenge.
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“Spending 10 days out in nature with no technology, the same people, limited equipment and in places I have never been before. It taught me a lot personally not just camping and nature but a lot about myself, others, communication, self-discipline, my habits (good and bad) etc.”
“ Everything that I have learnt will help me when I get back to London, understanding that I can get things done with motivation, perseverance and planning. Also, getting me to understand that (my) hostel is not my home just a place I’m staying, a shelter where I am building myself up to move on back into real life. “
“I wanted to gain some confidence and able to talk to people easier. On the programme I took more of an active role in speaking not just listening to what others have to say. I am much more confident in my skills now and am not afraid to challenge people. I did lead some conversations where we were sat around the campfire on Griesdale tarn.”
A team of seven young people from Ernst and Young, are going to bring their talent, skills and energy to support us with a very important project: to transform our Lake District Mountain Bunkhouse into a social enterprise, generating enough income to support our youth programmes and make our youth work more sustainable. We are really excited that they picked our project to jump on board with, and we are really looking forward to working with them.
Watch our video to find out more about our bunkhouse and why it works so well for our work with young people.