Due to the success of Children First Derby’s Climbing High Club, the popular climbing club sessions are set to increase, running weekly due to high demand.

Following on from suggestions put forward by our Mentee Youth Forum, the Climbing High Club was established by Children First Derby’s Mentoring Service in January 2022.

Working in partnership with Derby’s premier indoor climbing centre, Alter Rock, the primary aim of the club is to promote climbing activities to enable young people to work towards a National Indoor Climbing Award Level 2.


To support the running of the club, Children First Derby Mentors attended a 3-hour introductory training session, enabling them to accompany their mentees and support them as they practice climbing. In addition to helping the mentees climb with confidence, this also ensures the long-term continuation of these activities for future mentees.

We currently have 12 young people who regularly attend the fortnightly club sessions and enjoy traversing around Alter Rock’s 600 square metres of graded climbing walls and boulders.

The club has proved so popular that these sessions are soon set to increase, running weekly with more participants expected to join the programme. And we would like to thank everyone at Alter Rock for your continued help and support – it is greatly appreciated.


As well as working towards a Level 2 Climbing Award, additional benefits to the young people attending the Climbing High sessions include increased physical fitness, improved problem-solving skills, improved trust and teamwork, and an expanded social network.

The club is funded by the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention Grant. Established to help create safer and stronger communities, the grant offers funding for a wealth of diversionary activities to help support young people. And we are grateful to have been awarded this funding to provide additional support for some of our mentees.

The Climbing High Club is one of many diversionary activities that the Mentoring Service aim to implement. These diversionary activities make a significant improvement in life prospects for young people at risk – helping to build confidence, self-esteem, resilience, teamwork, and respect for others.

We look forward to bringing you more news on additional activities we are currently planning in the near future.