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The charity is requesting funding to host activity camps for children suffering from skin disease.

Activity Camps will be aimed at children between the ages of 7-17 affected by skin disease to help bring them out of social exclusion and initiate integration into society in a safe environment.

April 2016 - December 2018

Charity information: Skin Deep Behind The Mask

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  • Need


    Skin diseases can seriously inhibit every aspect of a child's life. They can also seriously affect the lives of other family members. The disadvantages that children suffering with skin conditions encounter can be psychological which include feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, shame, social exclusion, bullying, sleep deprivation to name but a few.

    Skin conditions also affect a child's personal and social life. Children with skin disease encounter physical and psychological barrier


    The purpose of the camps is to help remove self-imposed limitations, which can often occur due to societal pressures. We want to encourage integration and help children and young people find ways to cope with their disease. This can be achieved with peer support as through communication you can find great inspiration from others suffering from similar conditions.

    Individual support can also be provided if needed to help those who are finding being in a different environment challenging.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support children with skin diseases and conditions overcome the barriers they encounter.


    » The Activity camp will offer an array of physical & sports activities - archery, quad biking, group therapy, etc. in a safe environment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be assessed by Group Mentors and Activity staff who will provide written feedback on each child. Furthermore we will contact the parents or carers after the camp.

  • Impact


    We will be engaging openly with the children and the parents or carers to gauge the progress of the children. Two sets of questionnaires will be distributed (in paper form and on-line). The first questionnaire 'Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index' will specifically target how the child is coping with their disease. This will be filled out before and after the camp. This is to enable us to check how their illness compares to when they first joined the camp.


    The main risk is how to overcome the feelings of isolation, which often results in children with skin conditions not participating in activities at school or even socially. These camps have been specifically designed to pull children and young people away from isolation and allow them to enjoy the organised activities on offer and very importantly to be treated as 'normal'. Children will be encouraged to play and explore their imaginations.


    A full report on each activity, including the results of the questionnaires, will be made available to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £195,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Trips/outings/activities/resid residential activity camp placement per person for 7 days and travel. 100 children per year.
      £45,000 Volunteer expenses 12 clinical staff per year
  • Background


    The Activity camps will commence April 2016 and is expected to continue on a yearly basis. The aim is to run three consecutive camps simultaneously, covering the North, Midlands and South-east regions of the UK.


    Our aim is to contact dermatologists and paediatricians working in UK hospitals inviting them to make referrals. There will also be an online application available on our charity website where GPs, parents and teachers can make recommendations. This will also be advertised on our website which has a kids' zone. We will also use the local Healthwatch network that covers England.

    In this we we can ensure that we reach the majority of children with skin conditions & diseases.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Skin Deep Behind the Mask is the only UK charity that works with all skin disease patients. We have already established a support network of dermatologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kofi Dwinfour

    Manager of the charity. Kofi will oversee the project and ensure it is successfully implemented.

    David Haigh

    David is a Dermatology nurse specialist. He will be responsible for the clinical aspects of the project. David is also responsible for child protectio

    Liza Beyer

    Liza is a Senior Dermatology Nurse at St Thomas' Hospital. She will be responsible for ensuring children get their correct treatment.