Challengers is a registered children’s charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people. We do this through our play and youth centres and through our range of community based projects across Surrey, Hampshire and the surrounding areas. A significant benefit of our service is that it provides families with short-breaks during high pressure times e.g. at the weekend or during the school holidays. For example, in 2013 we delivered more than 135,000 hours for 1,400 disabled children.
We support any child or young person with any impairment through our Play (age 2 – 13), Youth (age 13 – 18) and Young Adult schemes (18-25). We do not set any geographical boundaries and young people do not have to be on a ‘disability register’ to access our service – if they can’t access mainstream leisure then they can come to a Challengers scheme. Our facilities are also open to families, special schools, hospitals, children’s homes and other organisations. Our unique non exclusion policy means that we do not exclude and will always find a way.