A Jack Petchey Adventure

Funding young people to experience an adventure-packed two-night residential

The Jack Petchey Foundation and London Youth have teamed up for a third year to provide young people with an opportunity to go on a residential in the great outdoors at one of our amazing residential centres: Woodrow High House and Hindleap Warren.

Important things to note:

  • You will need to be running The Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme or have at least submitted an application to take part in this programme by the time of your residential
  • You will need to arrange travel; although, do let us know in your application if assistance is required
  • The young people you bring need to be between the ages of 11-25
  • We will invoice you for a non-refundable deposit of £35 per young person attending, to help ensure commitment to this experience
  • You will be required to complete all necessary evaluation activities from beginning to end of this experience
  • In the application form, you will need to demonstrate how this will benefit the young people you support
  • Lastly, have a great time!

Why is Jack Petchey funding this?

Young people’s mental health, education, and employment prospects have all been hit hard by the pandemic. But losing the chance to spend time away on an outdoor adventure, missing out on these formative childhood experiences, has been one of the unkindest impacts of Covid. That’s why the Jack Petchey Foundation and London Youth have teamed up for a second year to provide young people with an opportunity they have perhaps never had the chance to take up before – going on a residential in the great outdoors.

We are all intuitively aware of the benefits of playing and learning outdoors. High-quality outdoor education has been integral to London Youth’s offer for 75 years – firstly at Woodrow High House in the Chilterns and then from the mid-1960s at Hindleap Warren on the Ashdown Forest. The Jack Petchey Foundation has been a strategic and loyal investor in this work – most recently in establishing the groundbreaking Petcheyfied Zone at Hindleap. This new and exciting project will fund young people to be taken on an adventure-packed two night residential in 2024. Read on to find out how your group can get involved.

In order to understand more about your experience and the impact the visit had, we’ll be asking young people and group leaders to answer a short survey at the end of your visit. We will also send out a short survey 3-4 months after the visit, asking the group leader about the young people’s reflection and their own, with the perspective of time. It is possible we will ask you to participate in a focus group, too. We will share accumulated results with you as we report to the funder.

Please note – applications have now closed.

If you have any questions please email us at JPFbookings@londonyouth.org

About our Residential Centres

Hindleap Warren 

Set in 300 acres of beautiful woodland in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, Hindleap Warren is a purpose-built outdoor centre sleeping up to 184 people over five different accommodation zones.

Over 10,000 young people visit Hindleap every year to experience our range of exciting and varied activities. From challenging high ropes courses and zip wires, to team-building challenges and archery and so much more! You will be supported throughout your stay by our brilliant instructing team of highly qualified outdoor professionals, who will make it their mission to give you an unforgettable experience with us.

At Hindleap Warren, we regularly work with a range of SEND groups, and both our centre and the activities have adaptations to allow young people with additional needs to have a meaningful and rewarding time with us – just give us a call to find out how we can best support the needs of your group.

Some useful documents are available on our website to help you plan your visit to us- we hope to see you in the forest soon!

Woodrow High House

You’ll find Woodrow High House in the Chiltern Hills, near Amersham in Buckinghamshire. Comprising a grade II listed 17th century manor house and leisure centre, set within 26 acres of beautiful grounds.

We offer an exciting range of outdoor activities for you to experience. From adrenaline-fuelled high ropes such as Jacob’s ladder and leap of faith, to explorative environmental sessions including bushcraft, orienteering and shelter building. We’ve also got archery, team challenges & obstacles, nightline, low ropes, and much more! Our friendly and experienced operations team will help to plan your residential trip, and our knowledgeable instructing team will support you throughout your time with us, ensuring you get the most out of your stay.

After a day of outdoor adventure, you can make use of our sports facilities too, including our sports hall and floodlit Astroturf pitch. Or feel free to head to the games room for a quick game of table tennis and foosball. Alternatively, you may wish to put your feet up in your group’s own private lounge area, and enjoy a well-earned hot chocolate.

You can take a virtual tour of the house, grounds and leisure centre and see what the site has to offer for yourself! You’ll also find lots of useful documents to download here too.