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Endeavour originally grew out of Dick’s work with the National Association of Boys Clubs, and expanded in the mid-1960s to encompass training for industrial apprentices.
A network of voluntary local groups followed, mainly consisting of people who had attended previous Endeavour courses.
The John Hunt Exploration Group also supported this work. This was founded in the early 1960’s (with the initial expedition by Lord Hunt and Dick Allcock to Greenland in 1960) to provide more advanced developmental opportunities and encourage a greater awareness and understanding of other countries and cultures.
As a reduction in employment opportunities for young people took place, the traditional recruiting ground for Endeavour was eroded and alternative ways of working developed.
In more recent years, Endeavour’s work with young people has changed to meet the needs and demands of working with young people in today’s society and we have been increasingly providing personal & social development programmes for young people who are deemed as being ‘at risk’. Our focus is on providing support to young people to help them to make successful transitions and minimise the ‘risk’ of them; not achieving their potential in education, entering the youth justice system or not securing a positive progression into education, employment or training. Our work is largely focussed on these 3 areas; we provide formal structured Education, projects and programmes working with Young Offenders and engagement and developmental activities that encourage and support young people to enable them to recognise and realise their potential. Endeavour has a long standing commitment to promote voluntary involvement through regional schemes designed to support disadvantaged young people and to develop responsibility and leadership into the next generation.
Throughout its long history, the staff and volunteers have remained true to the original aims and objectives of Endeavour. These aims and objectives are still exemplified in the organisation’s Mission Statement:
“To provide programmes of practical and challenging experience to help young people to develop their potential as individuals, in teams and as active members of society.”