A 2 night residential weekend set in an activity centre in Brathay, Lake District, Alternative High seeks to engage with a group of young people who have been involved in or at risk of displaying anti-social behaviour.
Groups of young people from Lancaster Ridge Estate are invited to take part in activities to help them build and recognise their own personal skills and engage in team tasks. The aim is to help to steer these young people away from their current behaviour where there is temptation of drug use and anti-social activity by exploring ‘alternative’ ways to spend their time and have fun safely.
Acting as positive role models and mentors, our MAP Ambassadors provide one to one support to the young people and let them choose their own ‘Buddy’ for the weekend. The weekend is both challenging and rewarding with both parties taking part in tasks to help them overcome their fears, develop their skills and recognise their strengths.
Bendrigg Alternative Scheme (Bendrigg Trust)
The Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre near Kendal, providing a range of outdoor activities for people with learning and physical disabilities.
The aim of the scheme is to offer people with a history of criminal offences or those at risk of offending the opportunity to be of service to others and to gain valuable work experience that can support them back into education or employment.
Our thanks and appreciation goes to Caritas Care and ACE project supporter Revd Dr David Peacock OBE, who has kindly funded 3 of our MAP Ambassadors to spend up to 5 days to work with the team at Bendrigg helping their disabled guests with their activity programmes and domestic duties. We are delighted that our first MAP Ambassador will be taking up this opportunity in April 2017 and will be working with 12 people with learning disabilities.