Help us transform a mountain bunkhouse in the Lake District into a social enterprise, offering a venue for youth programmes, and generating income to support our charity.
Chance For Change provides an international solution to reducing re-offending and enabling young people from challenging backgrounds to change their lives. Here in the UK, we deliver a wilderness and journeying based programme, designed to support young people learn and develop the skills they need to move onto successful adult independence. Our UK flagship programme, Rites of Passage is delivered from our bunkhouse the base, 1000 feet up, at the foot of Helvellyn Mountain.
Early in 2017, we successfully purchased this bunkhouse, raising the capital purchase funds through social investment. Our team now needs support to transform the bunkhouse into a social enterprise that will enable us to use the venue to support our programmes with young people and raise an income to support our charity's work.
We would like advice on how to be as entrepreneurial as possible with this bunkhouse; exploring ideas such as corporate and family adventure and conference packages, extra businesses such as a café or tour guiding. We are particularly keen to develop business opportunities which could also serve as training and employment opportunities for young people from our programme.
What makes our mountain bunkhouse, the base so special, is the wild and remote, yet accessible location. The buildings are the last on the track, a thousand feet above sea level, surrounded entirely Cumbrian Fells and waterfalls, at the foot of Helvellyn mountain. Footpaths lead from the front door taking you up to the wilderness of the fells and Helvellyn ridge. Ulswater Lake, often described as England’s most beautiful lake (and second largest), is only 2 miles away.
We also have a team who have vast experience in designed adventure and wilderness based personal development programmes. We are well networked with other local businesses like the local sailing club and mountain biking clubs. We are sure that by combining the prime venue, the skills of our team and the opportunity to contribute to a charity that works with young people with challenging histories, we can develop a really exciting and effective social enterprise offer. We just need some extra expertise, support and networks.