The Sir Francis Chichester Trust is once again offering free places on the Outward Bound ‘Skills for Life Award’ course to young people who live in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) and who are aged 16-19 (at the time of the course, which will be July/August). The courses are held at the Outward Bound centres in the Lake District, Wales and Scotland.
The Award is designed to help participants make an effective transition into sixth form, further education or work and is a chance to have a life-shaping adventure with people from all over the world, to know what they are truly capable of achieving and to stand out in a crowded market place. Participants will take part in 19 days of high adventure and challenge, amongst some of the most spectacular scenery that the UK has to offer.
The aim of the Skills for Life Award course is that young people challenge themselves, demonstrate progress through 1:1 action planning focussed on personal development, work outside of their normal friendship group and leave with a breadth of experience that will enrich personal statements and set them aside from other young people. The main benefits for the young people are seen in greatly improved self-confidence and team working abilities, together with raised aspirations.
The Trust is looking for candidates that wouldn’t normally have a chance to undertake anything of this nature and will be able to enjoy and benefit from the experience. Please note that the Trust cannot support any young people that at the time of their course are subject to a youth offending order and also that if a young person has been supported by the Trust previously they are unlikely to be funded for a further course.
The Sir Francis Chichester Trust will meet the full course fee (£1,649pp) for successful applicants and ask that they are responsible for their own transport to the Outward Bound centre of their choice. However, if transport costs are prohibitive then the Trust will look at additional support if possible.
The closing date for applications is Monday 11th April 2016 with interviews for those shortlisted being held 21st and 22nd April 2016 in Exeter and young people applying must be available on one or other of these dates. An application form can be downloaded from the Trust website http://chichestertrust.org and there are further details and a video clip about the course there as well. You can also download the Trust’s Newsletter from the website and this has some feedback from young people who attended a course in 2015 and also from their Outward Bound instructors.