Challenge to Change

Challenge to Change is a 10 week personal development programme aimed at young offenders or those identified as at risk of offending. Targeting young people aged 11 – 16 years old, the project utilises sport and adventurous activities to make a positive impact. Each young person receives 1:1 support as well as the opportunity to gain qualifications in a range of different sports.

Challenge to Change – The Aims for Young People

  • Create positive friendships and improve existing relationships with peers.
  • Integrate into other departments and projects at The Factory Youth Zone.
  • Increase in confidence and self-esteem through developing new skills and gaining qualifications in sport.
  • Reduce how often they are brought to the attention of the Police or Youth Offending Services.

Challenge to Change Champion – Stephanie McDonagh 

Steph has a passion for working with young people and extensive experience in delivering a wide range of sports and adventurous activities. She has previously been employed as a Development Tutor at the Prince’s Trust. Working with young people who displayed challenging behaviour, she helped them gain the motivation, self-confidence and skills needed to change their lives.

Refer a Young Person

If you want to know more about the programme, or know someone who would benefit from it, please get in touch with Steph by calling 0161 203 5333 or emailing