Siblings United Camps
To strengthen family relationships by providing a safe and fun environment for siblings separated by care to meet and take part in activities together. During five days residential in different parts of the country, children come together to make shared memories and enjoy normal sibling experiences
January 2012 - December 2012
Charity information: Shaftesbury Young People
Relationships in fractured families are made worse by the fact that siblings are separated when one or more of them goes into care and are looked after, sometimes in different parts of the country. Although they may have occasional opportunities to meet and play these are often very short and do not allow relationships to develop and shared memories to be made.
We provide facilities and a supportive environment for siblings to holiday together and enjoy normal family experiences that they miss through living apart. Five camps are being run around the country in 2012. Some siblings come every year. The holidays are valued by children, social workers and carers and all notice the positive difference time spent together makes. Children choose adventurous or quiet activities run by experienced, vetted staff and have photos and mementos of each other.
Provide camps during 2012 to build shared experiences for about 100 children separated by care.
Activities» Set up five camps, involving social workers and carers who recommend chldren's attendance.
» Provide a range of activities in a range of residential venues, using carefully researched centres and staff.
Success will be providing fun and memorable camps for 100 children and receiving positive feedback.
We aim to strengthen family relationships. We get feedback from carers, social workers and from children themselves.
Risks are that not enough children apply to run a camp - to cater for this we do comprehensive marketing.
Children's relationships might worsened by the contact. We have risk assessment forms completed beforehand by social workers and carers and we provide skilled and experienced staff at the camps. (This has not happened in the five years we have been running Siblings United).
We provide a report on numbers attended, activities provided , costs and feedback from participants and social workers or carers.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £6,000 Camp staff Attending five camps £44,000 5 holidays Including accommodation,activities by specialist instructors and food
The holidays will take part in five different areas of England. This year they will be in Kent, Essex, and Derbyshire. We use existing outdoor activity provision with residential facilities and experience in providing a range of exciting activities for children and teenagers. Children can come from any part of the country to attend as sometimes siblings may live many miles from each other.
Brothers and sisters living apart due to care; aged from 8 - 18; boys and girls from many different parts of the country. We have had more than one family of four children and repeat visits. Some of the children may still be in the family home while their sibling is in care; sometimes the entire family is being looked after.
Our organisation was set up in 1843 to look after destitute children in London and we continue to support children and young people in care and in need. We have run Siblings United for the last four years and have extensive experience of working with children in residential care and in need.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
She co-ordinates the project, organises the camps and works directly with the children. She has over a decade's experience of working with children.
She is a very experienced Regional Manager of the charity who oversees the project and helps to bring in funding. She is a trained Social Worker.