YHA Challenging Places Support Programme (England)

Organisations working with children and young people who live in deprived areas can apply for a 2-night break package through the Youth Hostel Association’s (YHA) Challenging Places Support Programme.

Applications can be submitted by schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA’s criteria. Schools and groups can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.

To be eligible the children or young persons must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and must live in an rea recognised as deprived (please see the YHA website for further details about which areas qualify). These areas are:

Middlesbrough, Knowsley, Kingston upon Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham (particularly the areas of Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton), Blackpool, Nottingham, Burnley, Hartlepool, Bradford, Blackburn with Darwen, Hastings, Stoke on Trent, North East Lincolnshire, Salford, Rochdale, Pendle, Halton, Great Yarmouth, London Boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Islington, Hackney, Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Newham), Norwich, Leicester, South Tyneside (including South Shields, Jarrow, Gateshead, Wallsend, and Sunderland), Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Denbighshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Caerphilly, Bridgend

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Useful Documents:

Guidance notes

Application Form


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