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What makes us unique?

Project Challenge tutors are qualified Youth Workers first and teachers second this gives us a different approach to main stream education. We understand that not all young people learn in formal classroom settings so have developed small group programmes that are individualised, practical but challenging. Our aim is to provide educational qualifications and build learner confidence.


All programmes incorporate an initial assessment period of nine weeks. Having gone through that programmes can last up to 34 weeks. • Small class-sizes of up to 12 with two members of staff in all classes • Designed to be hands-on • Roll on/roll off for an immediate start • Vocational L1 and L2 BTEC • Embedded functional skills maths and English delivered by qualified teachers • Holistic approach to meet the individual needs of learners Learners receive: • Weekly bursary dependent on attendance • Half-fare bus pass • Bus pass topped up weekly • Financial assistance towards purchasing essential kit • Access to a named key worker

Stars in the Making!

Learners and staff at Project Challenge starred in a film produced in a joint production with the Orange Box. 'Ripple' tells the story of how an incident with a knife impacts on the victim's family, friends community and the young person who committed the crime. The finance for the film was from a government funded scheme to raise awareness of knife crime among young people.<br> <a href="https://www.orangeboxhalifax.org/workshop-details.asp?WID=3" class="text-link">Watch the film</a>.

Award Winning Lorna!

Lorna Butterick, the Project Challenge Business Manager, has won the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at the Calderdale Community Foundation Awards. “Lorna Butterick is the more than just the Business Manager of Project Challenge, her dedication and continuation to constantly go above and beyond has changed so many young peoples’ lives. Project Challenge is based at Orangebox and they understand that not all young people learn in in a formal classroom setting so their tutors are also qualified Youth Workers who develop individual programmes to not only help these young people get a qualification but to also develop their confidence and life skills. She has been exemplary in working in partnership to still deliver a vital service and she is an inspiration to her team and he young people she works with. Lorna has a gift at connecting with young people and influencing the to make better decisions and fulfil their potential who might otherwise have gone down a much more negative path.” The Award is recognition of Lorna’s hard work at Project Challenge she has steered PC through some difficult times and challenges to its current position as the outstanding provider of alternative education in Calderdale. This is the second time that a PC staff member has won this award in 2009 Peter Dawber the Operations Manager won the Outstanding Individual Achievement award in 2009.

Fantastic Spread

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Orange Box Café and Project Challenge on the fantastic spread they prepared for our event for Young Carers Action Day. Yvonne took extra care to provide a range of foods suitable for our attendees with several allergies and dietary requirements. The attendees were impressed with the range on offer especially those with dietary requirements who often aren’t provided for or have a much poorer selection. The food was well labelled and care was taken to keep foods separate and reduce the risk of cross contamination. We will certainly use Project Challenge and The Orange Box Café again for future events, it’s a great opportunity to support young people in their alternate education programme without compromise."