Grit

Grit is a charity which works with young people and the adults to support them to change the way they think so that they can alter their outcomes in life. It helps provide opportunities for people to break through limitations, enabling them to lead flourishing lives and build connected communities.

Grit believe that when you change your thinking, you can become responsible for your own outcomes in your life.

The programmes run by Grit are targeted at young people and adults, involving transformational training methodology, intense personal development and coaching. The aim is to combat negative thinking and allow individuals to increase their sense of agency and self-esteem, their connections and support, and the positive possibilities they see for their future. Grit believe that these fundamental attitude and mind set changes will lead to significant and long-lasting behavioural changes that will transform the individuals’ lives.

Grit has used these programmes over the last 25 years, and they are continually developed by expert teams of facilitators and mentors. So far, their various training and programmes have impacted over 18,000 young people and over 20,000 of the adults surrounding them.

Grit’s educational programmes are run together with various schools and universities. They are designed to alter the beliefs that students have about themselves, others and their educational community. By challenging their negative assumptions, students will become more engaged in their school or university life and therefore attainment rates will increase, behaviour improves, self-esteem increases, as does the students’ sense of belonging. As well as educational programmes, Grit also runs professional and community-based programmes.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has supported Grit since 2014, having given over £1 million to the charity during this time. The grants have allowed Grit to re-establish their flagship ‘Community Transformation Programmes’ in five communities across the UK. These programmes support young people living in challenging circumstances and who also experience significant disadvantages and isolation. They focus on changing mind sets and attitudes of young people living in these areas. They provide coaching and support from trained community volunteers and supply local work placements to create the opportunity for long term, sustainable life changes for these individuals.

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