THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WILD PLACES
A powerful learning adventure
enabling young people with challenging histories to lead independent lives and become inspiring young leaders.
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NOW LOCATED AT SINGING SANDS, ARDNAMURCHAN, WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND
Beyond Boundaries is a unique physical, emotional and peer group adventure for young people whose lives are challenged by homelessness, who may be struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues or who may be leaving care without a new support system in place.
UK Beyond Boundaries programme enables young people to develop and practice the skills and confidence they need to become independent young adults.
By taking young people out of their normal environments and the distractions of their everyday lives and cities - and into one of the UK's remotest, most pristine, wild and beautiful places- Beyond Boundaries provides an extraordinary space and time where powerful learning can take place. The accommodation in tipis is a key part of this adventurous and deeply nourishing experience which enables young people to refocus and find their direction in life.
Previously located in the Lake District and the Isle of Rhum we now operate Beyond Boundaries in Ardnamurchan.
It's a powerful learning environment. When you are caught out here in the storm you don't stand there shouting in the wind - you realise you have to change your sail instead.
C4C Outdoor Education Instructor
"After years of wasting my life, and being stuck in the same old cycle of drugs and negativity I was ready for a change. I realised it was all on me. I had to clean up my act, get my life sorted, start making plans and basically turn my life around.The best thing about Chance For Change is being given a chance. I feel as if I have really grown up, not just become more independent, but become a better person. Chance For Change has built up my confidence, given me stability, given me a positive environment in which I can flourish, and helped me become a stronger and more positive person.
I would say my biggest achievement was figuring my life out, and making plans for my future. I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in beautiful landscapes and meet people who have affected my life in a tremendously positive way. If it was not for Chance For Change I would not be making a fresh start in a new city and continuing my education."
I would never have camped out in the wild before because of my inner daemons and paranoia. But Chance For Change has helped me to change my thought processes and mindsets. I have worked harder and done more with Chance For Change than I have done in a long time.
“I have taken in more lessons and experiences within a month than I did in a year of school. Seeing that my responsibilities are more important than entertainment. Started seeing the importance of nutrition, diet and lifestyle.If it wasn’t for Beyond Boundaries I wouldn’t be getting a fresh start in a new city and continuing my education."
"Beyond Boundaries has showed me how to turn my dreams into achievable goals."
"I have learnt so much on this journey. I have learnt to communicate my feelings, and to reach out to people and help them if I can. Knowing people's boundaries, knowing when is the time to give them space or help. I have learnt humility - that this is not just about myself, but about the community."
We have noticed a massive change in the young people's appearance, confidence and self-belief. They have learnt to react to stressful situations in a more positive and thoughtful way and have started on a brilliant path of self-realisation, where they realise they can acheive their goals."