In March 2008 our founder (Christine) received a grant to provide introductory climbing sessions for women with mental health issues. The aim was to provide a space for women to step out of their comfort zone and try what for many is quite a scary sport.

Originally only three courses were scheduled, but the demand from women with a wide range of additional needs was so overwhelming that more funding was found and a total of nine courses were run throughout that year. The feedback was inspiring, and the participants found that the courses helped them to:

  • gain confidence in themselves and trust in others

  • feel the benefits that exercise could have on their mental health and well-being

  • have fun in a safe and supportive environment 

Many of the women wanted to continue their climbing on a regular basis and try taking their newfound skills outdoors. We had a day outing to our local “crag” Harrisons Rocks and, based on the success of that, we followed it up with anothe