“Before starting The Challenge, I was worried that people would have a negative view of me as I had always been in and out of trouble and felt that people would judge me.
However, I couldn't have been more wrong. The Challenge helped me to form real relationships with people I would never have chosen to even speak to in the past. I learnt to relate to people that were different to me and show understanding and empathy towards people with different life experiences. This was key to working together as a team. Since taking part in the programme, I have continued to volunteer with our community partner, Greenhive Residential Care Home. Having visited them in the summer, I was touched by the work they were doing to help dementia patients. I also volunteer at Homepark Adventure playground, where I work with 5-16 year olds. Doing The Challenge encouraged me to develop skills I didn't think I had and build genuine friendships with people I would naturally ignore.”