Youth and community projects

We are proud to deliver activity programmes for youth and community groups, helping people to make extraordinary friendships, learn new skills and create unforgettable memories.

From day sessions to overnight residential stays, our activities can bring people in your community together – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests. We have a variety of activity options to suit all age ranges and group sizes. 

Community Groups

Some of the types of community groups we provide activities for include: 

We have been delivering the Phase 1 Adventure of the National Citizenship Service (NCS) programmes since 2011. We have delivered for the YHA and Football League Trust, vInspired National Youth Agency partnership, and Invasion Camp Group.

NCS is a personal and social development programme for young people aged 16-17, run over the course of three-four weeks, and CGO deliver the adventurous activity element.

Launched in 2011, over 200,000 teenagers have taken part in NCS and 3.3 million hours have been dedicated by NCS graduates to social action projects, helping to improve their local communities. With NCS, participants build skills for work and life, taking on new challenges and adventures, whilst building their confidence and making friends for life.

NCS programmes and the activities are focused around six key principles: social action, inspiration, reflection, increased responsibility and independence, social mixing and challenge.

The scheme consists of a four week programme, and CGO instructors and course directors deliver week one. In this first week, young people are given the opportunity to stay at an outdoor activity venue, getting to know each other and experiencing the freedom of being away from home with new friends. They are encouraged to get involved in adrenaline-fuelled activities such as: rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and gorge scrambling.

Our NCS phase 1 activity programmes are designed to provide a progressive journey that hands over more responsibility to the young people to develop their leadership skills, and to allow participants the opportunity for personal and social development through a series of physical and mental challenges. Daily activities help each team of young people to increase responsibility and independence, and participants are supported and encouraged to reflect daily on their experiences and become more resilient, confident and more effective in their decisions and relationships.

Motivate and challenge your sports team with an outdoor adventure activity session run by CGO. In team sports a sense of togetherness and unity is key, as is communication, understanding and empathy. Our team building activities can help your sports team to understand the value of harmony and solidarity, we can help players to get to know each other better and even provide a morale boost after a few defeats. We can provide an activity session or weekend programme to help motivate and inspire, strengthen the team bonds and bring players closer together. We can provide team development activities at your own sport or practice venue, or we can arrange a day out or weekend trip to experience something more adventurous such as gorge scrambling or raft building.
Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. We can offer our support and expertise to make your ideas a reality by helping you to understand the environmental impact, impact on community and other users of being in the great outdoors. We have been working with the Canal and River Trust since 2019 to support their five-year youth engagement project The Desmond Family Canoe Trail. As part of the project we provide qualified instructors, kayaks/canoes and all the required safety equipment for taster sessions within the local community and for volunteers to carry out litter picking and cleaning on the UK waterways and towpaths, helping to make the canals a better place for wildlife as well as making them a better and safer place for locals.
Our activity sessions provide opportunities for young people to build their skills and networks outside of school, and enable young people to give back to their communities. Our activities help young people to encourage and support each other whilst making friends. Our youth group programmes can also be a chance to try an activity that participants may never have tried before. Whether you are looking for a one day or weekend activity package we have a variety of activities that can be tailored to your group. 
We are committed to the principles of learning outside the classroom and can provide enriching after-school activities or sessions for holiday clubs that promote the wellbeing of children, with indoor and outdoor activity options available. If you are an after-school club coordinator or holiday activity club organiser who is looking for something to keep the children fit, healthy, active and entertained then get in touch with us. We can provide fun and engaging team building activities on site at school such as crate stacking, water pipe or catapult challenge, or we can arrange activity sessions in the great outdoors such as archery, abseiling or hill walking. We can even work with you to create a series of activities or lessons to cover a full term or school year. 
We deliver bespoke and tailored activities to young people ages 18-24 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). We design our activity programmes to build participants' self-belief, confidence and resilience and our activities focus on team building and communication skills which are vital skills necessary for adult life and future employability. These activities can help young people to develop their interests and passion for outdoor adventure and can help to develop positive attitudes towards improving their wellbeing. 
We can provide activity taster sessions for residents and neighbourhood groups to come together and meet each other whilst taking part in fun activities. These sessions are a great way for neighbours to get together to talk, the sessions are relaxed and informal and everyone is welcome. From a guided group walk, to a rock climbing excursion, from a relaxed paddle on the canal to a have-a-go archery session, we have a range of activities to suit all interests. Why not organise a fun social get together in your local area, come along and encourage community spirit? You could even raise money for your community project by organising a fundraising event for your neighbours to take part in. 

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Why choose Carnegie Great outdoors

  • We are part of Leeds Beckett University with extensive experience working with external clients and groups
  • We hold Public Liability Insurance of £25,000,000
  • We provide all specialist outdoor activity equipment, which is thoroughly checked, cleaned, serviced and maintained by our team. We hold trade accounts with the leading outdoor equipment manufacturers and replace our activity equipment in line with manufacturer and National Governing Body Guidelines
  • We tailor our activities to meet your personal aims and objectives, or to fit the requirements of the group; meeting curriculum requirements, corporate learning aims, identified skill sets or learning objectives 

All sessions are run by our friendly instructors who:

  • Hold specialist qualifications issued by the National Governing Body for each of the activities
  • Have excellent working knowledge of the activity locations
  • Are DBS enhanced checked
  • Hold a specialist 16-hour Outdoor Emergency First Aid qualification which is renewed every three years and covers the care of casualties in remote settings, in line with Government HSE regulations
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Have extensive experience working with a variety of client groups in the outdoors
  • Have a sound understanding of the outdoor sector including relevant legislation
  • Maintain a high standard of customer care