Delighted with the Funding

Project Challenge was started in 1991 by Ted Howarth, an ex SAS soldier and youth worker who believed that a person’s past should not get in the way of their future.

In 2007 the ‘Halifax Courier’ described Project Challenge as , ‘One of Calderdale’s best-kept secrets..’

In August 2019 Project Challenge moved from Dean Clough, to the Orange Box Young People’s Centre in Halifax centre, where Ted’s vision for young people continues to be honoured.

Project Challenge offers training programmes for 16-19 year olds who have become disengaged from traditional education. We offer three BTEC Level 1 vocational programmes in Sport, Hospitality and Public Services plus Functional Skills maths and English from Entry level to Level 2. Our holistic approach is designed to initially re-engage learners with an outcome of further education or employment. Staff are qualified youth workers and teachers able to offer pastoral support to learners facing challenging personal situations.

Orangebox based Project Challenge understands that not all young people learn in in a formal classroom setting. Tutors develop individual programmes to not only help young people get a qualification but to also develop their confidence and life skills. 

“We are honoured and humbled to receive the KAACL funding. It will make a significant contribution to our work with some of the most vulnerable young people in Calderdale at a time when our specialist services have never been more in demand,” said Lorna Butterick, Business Manager of Project Challenge.

For further information please contact: Lorna Butterick 01422 363644.

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