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YHA Chance for Change
    23/04/2012 05:58

Chance for Change

We are pleased to announce our partnership with a new charity called Chance for Change. 

Chance for Change is committed to giving young people (18-25 years) opportunities for personal development and the confidence to travel independently through wilderness journeys.   They have set up two programs, one here in the UK and one in Nepal.


In the UK, the year-long program will start with a two week residential at Chance for Change’s centre Striding Edge, next door to YHA Helvellyn.  The aim is to equip the young people with the skills and confidence to travel unsupported and will include a short expedition staying at hostels in the area.  Afterwards the young people will be challenged to undertake 12 hostel stays over the next six months.  Following a mid-year get-together at Striding Edge the groups will again be challenged to visit another 12 hostels, to include an extended wilderness journey of their choice and some volunteering (ideally with us at a hostel!).


Young people will be entirely funded to complete the program thanks to the fundraising already carried out by the Chance for Change team.  Young people will be ‘talent spotted’ through referral partnerships, including with the Prince’s Trust and Foyer. 

As the project is starting in the Lakes, the Hostel Managers and teams there will be asked to help shape the introduction to YHA for young people and will no doubt meet the groups as they make their journeys around our network.


The Nepalese project involves local young people learning English and ultimately training to work in the trekking industry.  On completion of the UK-based project young people will be offered the chance to apply to take part in a five week Nepalese adventure, including visiting the community project and a trekking experience.

This is a great partnership for YHA as the aims of Chance for Change fit so neatly with our own.  The Chance for Change team are very inspiring and their enthusiasm is infectious, so we look forward to a positive working relationship over the coming months and years.

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