The Big Christmas CCHF Residential Break
CCHF All About Kids exists to give disadvantaged children a range of residential activity and respite breaks. We improve the quality of children's lives and help them to recognise their potential in a safe and happy environment.
December 2014 - January 2015
Charity information: Cchf Allaboutkids
Most of the children CCHF supports are from single parent families and spend their childhoods growing up in bleak, isolated housing conditions. In all cases they are coping with life under very difficult circumstances. They may be victims of abuse, neglect, bullying and isolation, or they may be witness to drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence; many are subject to a Child Protection Plan. Some are young carers who simply need a break from their demanding responsibilities.
We provide vital help to children and their families living very volatile and precarious lives - where simply existing each day is a challenge. We offer a year-round programme and give children the opportunity to gain confidence and explore their potential by participating in enjoyable and inspiring activities; to experience a healthy diet and lifestyle and to enjoy the simple pleasures that we believe are the right of every child.
Broadening children's horizons and their raising aspirations
Activities» By giving children access to positive experiences and environments that they would not otherwise have access to.
» Volunteers and camp leaders play an active role in talking to and listening to the children, giving access to positive role models.
» By offering simple activities including trips to the seaside, visiting the countryside and playing in the garden and making new friends
Children asking to come back again and again
Teachers noticing they are doing better in school
Parents saying their children seem happier
To increase social skills and social awareness
Activities» Children are encouraged to eat meals together as part of the CCHF Family, undertake team activities and be responsive to other people's feelings
» Showing we care - We reward acts of kindness and giving positive reinforcement whenever we can.
» We encourage children to widen their friendship groups and to form lasting friendships.
Camp leaders seeing marked improvement in children's behaviour and notice how they are increasingly willing to help other children and their groups leaders
Building children's independence and resilience
Activities» We encourage children to take care of themselves in a practical way i.e. brushing their teeth; eating wholesome food; trying shoelaces; making beds
» Camp leaders ensure that children learn how to assess and manage risk and learn problem solving strategies which bring about positive results.
» Children are encouraged to try things for the first time and are supported all the way i.e. rock climbing, performing in front of friends; swimming
» We help children to realise that they CAN succeed . We often we see delight on their faces when trying new activities.
"I feel the change of environment helped my son to mature and gave him confidence to engage in conversation with new peers and he also gained self -caring independence".
We see CCHF children return as camp volunteers, confident, happy and successful. By taking part in new activities and enjoying new experiences we believe that the benefits of attending a CCHF camp lasts longer than just the 3-5 days they are with us. We believe that by enabling children to have fun in a safe, happy and fulfilling environment we help them to build resilience for their future lives. E.G A CCHF Child becoming Home Secretary in the last Government The Rt. Hon Alan Johnson
Not having sufficient volunteers - however, we recruit and train volunteers on a regular basis and have always managed to find enough for each volunteers for each camp.
Children having to cancel at the last minute. We always ensure we accommodate them at another camp.
Camp Leaders having to cancel. We have a number of experienced leaders who are able to take over if needed
We enjoy a good relationship with all our donors. We provide regular progress reports tailored to their requirements; we provide newsletters and updates; we have a very active Facebook community; we produce an annual impact report with facts, figures, case studies and quotes
Budget - Project Cost: £12,168Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,364 Activites, food and transport All activities for the children on their break including panto tickets and Christmas Dinner £720 Volunteer/Outreach reps Camp volunteers and Outreach for children most in need £5,040 Children's Team: Staff Costs Referalls, volunteer team, residential staff inc. Chef £1,044 Residential Activty Centre Keeping Stafford House welcoming and safe
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Citi Group supporters £1,000 Guaranteed
Stafford House is based in rural West Sussex; close to a railway station for east transport and within a few minutes walk of the South Downs National Park and eight miles from the sea
Very disadvantaged children from across the UK. Children who would not otherwise have a break; children who may never have seen the sea before, been read a bedtime story and children who probably have nowhere safe to play at home
We have been doing it successfully for 130 years. We have a wealth of experience and expertise to ensure we give children the best possible time
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Running every aspect of the camp - taking on the main leadership role, working with a team of 10 volunteers
Ensuring all our volunteers are right for the job and trained to the highest standards
Ensuring the children eat 3 healthy and delicious meals each day and ensuring the children sit and eat together as a family