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What  We Do

Young people need our support now more than ever.

At Urban Uprising, we give disadvantaged young people the

opportunity to transform their futures.

Our unique climbing programme gives 8-18-year-olds who face various challenges in life the chance to develop their physical, social and personal strengths with the support and encouragement of highly-trained positive coaches.


We know there are barriers – both individual and societal – that prevent some young people from accessing and consistently engaging with new experiences. Urban Uprising’s vision is a society where all young people feel engaged and empowered to create a positive future for themselves.


In partnership with climbing centres and committed volunteer role models, we are here to support young people to address and overcome the individual root causes of the problem and become their own agents of change.

“Climbing is a hook that enables
disadvantaged young people to engage in something which is constructive, both mentally and physically challenging, fun and, above all, empowering. Many of the young people we work with wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to participate
in this great sport.”

Stuart Green, Urban Uprising founder

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Scaling walls, overcoming barriers.

Urban Uprising operates programmes in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Cambridge and Bristol; often working with young people from the most deprived areas.

These local areas have been identified through our own community mapping, consultation and government data for multiple deprivation  indicators. This way we know we are operating where the need is greatest.


We collaborate with local youth organisations and schools who know  the communities well and are able to identify the young people who are most in need.

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Our time working with urban uprising has been a real journey that the students will cherish. We started off with a group of young people that were introverted and anxious. Through the progress of the course we have seen distinct changes in the pupils’ attitude and mindsets.”

Sam, Teacher - Clarendon Academy

The issues these young people face are complex and varied. For example, they may be:

  • Identified as 'at risk' and headed to negative destinations

  • Affected by low physical activity levels.

  • Struggling in school, with low educational attainment.

  • Experiencing poor mental health such as anxiety and depression.

  • Living with autism, ADHD or other neurodiversity. 

  • Disproportionately affected by health and social inequality.

  • Negatively impacted by unemployment, addiction, crime
    or traumatic life events.

Over and above these socio-economic challenges, many young people are also affected by issues such as negative stereotyping, the pressure of social media, and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Together, we can set them up for a better future...

One of the great problems with helping young people to help themselves is that they are often undervalued. So why would they value themselves? They are seen by
so many others in society as a problem. Actually they are an opportunity. When someone takes time to show them something good, it will have a positive effect on almost all. For a subset, it will change everything. That is worth supporting.
” –

Dave MacLeod, pro climber and Urban
Uprising ambassador

The Programme