The Loughborough Challenge launched on 1 November 2021 as an independently operated challenge open to anyone aged 25 to 54 who experiences issues of mental health or of mental / physical disability.
Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for young people, it calls for achievements in each of learning, physical activity and social contribution.
It is operated by The Challenge Hub CIC which also hosts The “All in One” challenge for over-55s and “The Charities Challenge” framework for building community around a common purpose and for one-to-one programmes / social prescribing.
As an independent free-standing not-for-profit programme it:
- Offers a challenge which is exclusively for – and focussed on the needs of – those eligible and so is not part of a general fundraising initiative (although it may be used as such)
- Offers a ready-made infrastructure for small local charities to engage at no cost with a recognised and non-aligned national initiative
- Offers a framework open to all organisations – charitable or otherwise – for use in achieving their differing social outcomes (e.g. mental health support in the workplace)
- Offers a means for eligible persons to participate in a tailored challenge without first having to become a client or service user of any other organisation
- Brings with it membership of The Challenge Hub with its information, encouragement and potential for interaction.
Organisations may wish to mentor participants through the Challenge towards achievements not previously contemplated. We hope that those eligible to register will do so if only to share their past / present learning, physical activity and social contribution experiences to inform, encourage and inspire others.
The Challenge Hub is an Associate Member of Activity Alliance (English Federation of Disability Sport). It is endorsed by College of Medicine and by Public Health England. Its Patron is Dame Carol Black.
Enquiries please to firstname.lastname@example.org or via The Challenge Hub’s website.