We provide young people who may not otherwise have such opportunities with the chance to take part in inspiring experiences which raise aspirations; build confidence and resilience; and inform their wider world view. We are opening eyes through:
* University Residential Schools and High-Fliers initiatives
Fuelling aspiration and preparing students to enter the world of further education.
For example, this summer young people from communities facing some of the greatest economic and social challenges in the country are being given the chance to learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship courtesy of the Aldridge Foundation’s new Summer School, supported by professional services firm Smith & Williamson and Natwest.
* Adventure Training and Residential Therapeutic Experiences
Building life skills and supporting continued engagement in education.
As part of our Inspire programme, aiming to increase independence and widen aspirations, working with the British Exploring Society, we part-funded five Aldridge students to take part in a once in a lifetime, four-week expedition to Iceland.
* International Sports and Educational Experiences
Practising life skills while building greater social and cultural capital.
In July 2019, a group of students from the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy travelled to Kampala, Uganda to help teach the children of the Acholi tribe, who were displaced from their homeland during the civil war. The aim of the trip is to improve educational outcomes and quality of life for those helped in Uganda, and was the latest of such Aldridge schools’ overseas experiences.