Change of Scene aims to make a life-changing difference for a few, rather than a marginal difference for many. However, after 11 years, those few now number over 120. The youngsters referred to the programme, may flounder in a classroom environment as a result of social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Following the Dyadic Developmental Practice of PACE, they work one to one with the children, aiming to nurture their self-belief, increase their confidence and improve their life chances. Caring for animals and the land, they learn life has a pattern and purpose and that their contribution has beneficial effects.

Working outdoors, studying animal husbandry and horticulture, the young people engaged in the programme discover a new way of learning and that, with hard work, they can make a significant contribution. Young people acquire new life skills and have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications, thus enabling access to further education, employment and the opportunity to build a portfolio of work by creating a permanent record of personal achievement.

The High Sheriff was pleased that HSYA support was focused on a pilot scheme to help a young person to avoid becoming excluded from school and that the results to date were most promising.

Change of Scene

Awarded 2018-2019




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Past Awards 2018-2019

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Youth Engagement Scheme

Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition

The Eikon Charity

Thrive Youth Dance Company

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Matrix Trust

East to West

Change of Scene

Sunbury Manor School

Surrey Care Trust - STEPS

The Phoenix Project


KT12 Football Project

1st Chertsey Scout Group