Ready to do something a bit different?
Join The Prince's Trust Fairbridge programme to try new activities, meet new people and learn new skills, with one-to-one support from our dedicated team.
With one-to-one support as well as group activities, our dedicated staff will support you to stabilise your life and build the skills you need to move forward.
- Try new things, from music production to rock climbing
- Meet new people and learn new skills
- Boost your confidence and achieve your goals
The programme begins with a five day Access course. You will be doing challenging and adventurous activities at The Prince’s Trust Centre as well as staying away from home for a couple of days somewhere completely different.
You will be doing challenging and adventurous activities at The Prince’s Trust Centre as well as staying away from home for a couple of days somewhere completely different.
Courses are divided into two age ranges: 13 - 15 and 16 - 25. For a list of upcoming courses, please see www.princes-trust.org.uk.
WHAT DO YOU OFFER?
The Fairbridge programme starts with Access. This provides an introduction to us and builds trust and commitment through exciting activities such as canoeing, climbing and abseiling. Once a young person has completed Access, they can choose from a menu of courses and projects that make up the Fairbridge programme. These include sports sessions, art projects, business skills and cookery. The programme changes regularly and young people can choose the courses they feel would most suit them.
HOW LONG DO PEOPLE STAY ON THE FAIRBRIDGE PROGRAMME?
There is no fixed time limit to the Fairbridge programme. When the young person and their Outreach & Development Worker think the time is right, they will begin to think about moving on opportunities, such as education, training or employment.
IS THE FAIRBRIDGE PROGRAMME AN ALTERNATIVE TO SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?
No. We run personal development programmes for young people aged 13-25. Young people attend up to two days a week and we provide complementary education to the national curriculum.
DO PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO BE FIT?
No. This is not a survival course or boot camp. Participants just need to be wiling to give things a go. If a young person has a physical disability and we are made aware of this, we will plan a suitable course to include that young person.
DOES THE YOUNG PERSON HAVE TO DO EVERY ACTIVITY?
No. One of the aims of the course is to encourage self-confidence. Young people are never forced to do anything, but they are encouraged to face challenges, stretch their comfort zones and reach their full potential in a supportive environment.
DO YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN KIT?
No. All kit is supplied for activities, including sleeping bags, rucksacks, tents, fleeces, thermals, waterproofs, walking boots and safety gear.
IS THE FAIRBRIDGE PROGRAMME JUST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
No. Activities include art, drama, sport, music, independent living skills, key skills and cooking to meet each of the Every Child Matters outcomes. Young people can also take part in a course on our tall ship, Spirit of Fairbridge.
Our approach to personal development has proven successful in engaging challenged young people. We provide the opportunity for young people to challenge and change their attitude and behaviour, increase their motivation and equip young people with the skills they need to lead a successful and happy adult life
The programme continues for as long as it’s needed and, once ready, you will be supported in moving on to a positive step or outcome. It is your choice to join the programme, your choice to stay on it and you will not be made to do anything you don't want to.