Project information

Sibling Together Camps

A residential camp for siblings aged 6 - 18, separated by foster care, kinship care, residential care and adoption based at an activity centre in South Wales with up to 31 children attending. Camps promote positive contact in a supported environment through activities and an emphasis on the arts.

July 2015 - August 2015

Charity information: Siblings Together

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  • Need

    Need

    Over 50,000 children in care live apart from a brother or sister which exacerbates feelings of isolation, exclusion and trauma and denies children access to a positive family relationship which many of us take for granted. There is a critical need therefore for positive contact which will in turn ensure they are well supported by a strong sibling relationship throughout life. This is confirmed by surveys of what children in care themselves consider top priorities.

    Solution

    The camp provides a unique opportunity for 30 brothers and sisters to spend a holiday together, sharing in active and creative activities in a supportive environment. They are able to have fun together and create life-long positive memories of their time spent together. This vital contact helps to break down their experiences of estrangement, isolation and trauma from separation, and build positive relationships with their siblings that will provide essential support in life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To strengthen the relationships of siblings separated in care

    Activities

    » Deliver a residential camp for siblings separated in care
    » Provide a mentor for each sibling group to ensure they are well supported
    » Provide a programme of constructive activities which the siblings engage in together, helping them to build positive memories
    » Design scrapbooks with the children as a permanent reminder of their holiday spent together

    Success will be...
    At least 80% of beneficiaries experience improved sibling relationships


    Aim 2

    To increase the confidence and self-esteem of children who attend camps

    Activities

    » Deliver a programme of creative arts activities, delivered by trained art therapist, to help build self-esteem and confidence
    » Deliver a programme of adventure activities designed to instill confidence

    Success will be...
    At least 80% of beneficiaries have increased self-confidence and self-esteem


    Aim 3

    To improve the health and fitness of children who attend the camps

    Activities

    » Deliver a programme of adventure activities such as kayaking and coasteering

    Success will be...
    At least 80% of beneficiaries feel fitter and healthier immediately after camp


  • Impact

    Impact

    At least 70% of beneficiaries on the camp continue to have increased sibling contact (and therefore reduced risk of social isolation)
    At least 70% of beneficiaries report they are happier and have improved emotional well-being 4 months after the camp.
    We will also use the evaluation of the camps to influence policy and practice on sibling contact and co-placements. In particular we will us information and research we have collected to present within parliamentary groups.

    Risk

    1. Child protection: any project working with looked after children must consider child protection issues. We have a comprehensive child protection policy in place
    2. Challenges in managing complex sibling relationships: we will recruit skilled volunteers an provide training on managing their relationships. There will be a ratio of one volunteer to every two children to ensure they are well supported.
    3. Risk in not receiving sibling referrals?: we are currently have a waiting list

    Reporting

    We will evaluate the camps and circulate reports to donors. We undertake questionnaires prior to camp for siblings and have pioneered a verbal evaluation system of 'roses and thorns' whilst at camp. After camp, we collect feedback from social workers and carers through questionnaires and verbal.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,830

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,950 Residential costs Including accommodation and activities
      £1,500 Camps staff costs Hire of experienced camp leader and assistant Leader
      £3,935 Preparatory work including Director and admin costs and overheads - including marketing and processing referals
      £1,500 Other staff costs including performer, art therapist and stroyteller
      £3,495 volunteer costs including enhanced training, expenses and police checks
      £1,950 other camp costs including celebration event and general equipment and photography
      £1,500 post camp costs including research, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Local authority fees £7,875 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Various locations in the UK

    Beneficiaries

    The camps will benefit children in care aged 6 - 18 who have been separated from their siblings. The camps have a wide national reach with children for our most recent summer camps coming from Devon, Wiltshire, London, Kent, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Merseyside, Cheshire, Tyneside and South Wales. The camps attract children from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a user influenced child centered charity developed by a art therapist trained Director who has over 16 years of personal experience of the care system and sibling separation. We have run 13 summer camps in England and Wales over the last six years; have built good relationships with social work teams around the country; and have developed policies and procedures for all workers. We have a strong team of volunteers skilled in art therapy, social work and youth work to support our camps

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Delma Hughes

    Delma, charity Director, has over 16 years care experience, pioneered the first UK sibling camp and has since gone onto develop and refine the model.

    Henry Abraham - Chair Of Trustees

    Extensive policy and senior management experience, including 10 years heading a different policy areas for the Mayor of London

    Craig Evans - Trustee

    Qualified banker, formerly European Head of Barclays Agency and Asset Management team and mentor and Trustee in various charities.

    Sian Colley - Trustee

    Highly experienced foster carer, Sian brings practical experience to the Board and Siblings Together practices

Our foster child had the most amazing time with her sisters. A huge smile spreads across her face as she recalls the things she did.

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