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Endeavour for Empowerment

By Hati Whiteley
09, Aug, 2017

Catching up with Endeavour after their introduction to climbing project

Have you ever arrived at the foot of a route, looked up at the rock face above you and - gulping back fear - doubted that you’d ever make it to the top? No point in turning back now, right?

That's the feeling that makes climbing all the more fulfilling when you succeed, it's also the feeling that Endeavour want young people to experience. We were delighted to be able to support them with their introduction to climbing project, so we caught up with them to find out how it went.

Young people got a huge boost when they succeeded in climbing, helping them to develop the skills necessary to overcome obstacles beyond the wall.

Staff also saw development in the young people's communicative skills, as the sessions helped to break down barriers and get them interacting with one another and with staff:

"[In climbing], young people are taken out of their comfort zones in terms of communicating with others and working in teams. Key skills are brought to the forefront as they are asked to contribute positively to experiences. Gaining these skills helps young people feel more confident and able to face their problems and tackle them head-on."

Endeavour's project gave many young people a chance to give climbing a go, an opportunity that they may not have had otherwise. Graham hopes that these introductory sessions have encouraged the groups to continue practising the sport - we're looking forward to seeing them all at the crag!

The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that enable people to overcome the obstacles preventing them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things. 

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