Project information

Outward Bound Activities for One Year

To give young, inner city people from Southwark the chance to participate in team-building, confidence-giving, life-changing experiences away from home including trips to Hindleap Warren Activity Centre, a sailing expedition and the 100 Mile Canoe Test.

One Year

Charity information: The Downside Settlement

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  • Need


    Many of the members rarely have the opportunity to leave London or be involved in group trips. Being able to take them out of London to learn teamwork, leadership, following instructions and listening is invaluable to their development and confidence. Not only do Outward Bound activities develop a wide range of skills but they also give the young people a sense of possibility outside of their day-to-day life and engender self esteem when they succeed at activities they were initially daunted by.


    These trips build on the sense of community created at the Club in London. DFYC is always looking at ways to develop the skills of our members that can be used not only within the Club, as role models, but outside of the Club in school or work. As one parent recently told us "As a result of this trip my son has developed his resilience, courage, confidence, increased self-esteem and felt a great sense of achievement. He announced upon his return that he feels he can conquer anything now!"

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be able to offer a greater variety of Outward Bound trips to more young members.


    » Funding will go towards w/e trips to an activity centre (9-13 y.o.), a week-long sailing trip (13-16 y.o.) and the 100 Mile Canoe Test (13-21 y.o.)

    What success will look like

    We will ask all participants to complete feedback forms to assess whether they are gaining relevant skills, experiences from the trips.

  • Impact


    1. Develop a different skill set in our young members from what they can achieve at the Youth Club in London. This will be assessed through feedback from young members and the youth workers.
    2. More young people joining the youth club in order to come on the outward bound trips. This will be demonstrated by higher membership and therefore a wider range of young people having access to outward bound activities.


    There are risks involved with the trips in terms of health and safety but as a club we have many years of experience in conducting outward bound trips (we have had a summer camp for over 100 years) and our risk evaluation before is trip is thorough and revised for each trip. Staff are highly trained and experienced individuals.


    Donors will receive progress reports, feedback from young members and staff, with photographs to illustrate what activities we have been doing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,440

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,584 Hindleap Warren 4 trips to Hindleap Warren, each for 12 young people.
      £5,480 Sailing Trip A week long sailing adventure & training for 7 young members
      £4,376 100 Mile Canoe Test 4 day 100 Mile Canoe Test for 7 young people.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Band Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Hedley Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Dalby Charitable Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Downside Fisher Youth Club is based in Bermondsey and most of our young members come from Southwark. Our Outward Bound activities provide opportunities for our young members to go to places such as Hindleap Warren is East Sussex, sailing with the Cirdan Trust off the South coast and the 100 Mile Canoe Test down the Trent River.


    Despite now being a centre for international big business, Bermondsey still ranks lowest in national indices of child poverty and educational attainment, but high in figures for obesity. Although London seems to be gentrifying the need for affordable services for young local people is even greater. Our trips cover a range of ages and we try to make sure that all members of the club get a chance to participate in these activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Club is a long serving part of the community and has been running outward bound trips for over 100 years. We have the staff and equipment to facilitate trips to places such as Hindleap and good links with organisations such as London Youth. We have a strong reputation within the community so parents are happy that we will take good care of their children and even bring them back with enhanced life skills!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phil Annis

    Phil is the outward bound co-ordinator and has been working at the Club for over twenty years - firstly as a volunteer and now as an employee.

As a result of this trip my son has developed his resilience, courage, confidence, increased self-esteem and felt a great sense of achievement.  He announced upon his return that he feels he can conquer anything now! The benefits and life experience gained by my son are priceless!

Nicola Hirst (Parent)