Project information

Easter Residential for Children with Disabilities

KEEN London will take 18 children with disabilities for a three-day outdoor adventure trip to the Norfolk countryside. For many, this will be the first time they will stay away from home. They'll enjoy outdoor activities while receiving one-to-one support from our trained volunteer coaches.

March 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: KEEN London

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  • Need


    Children with disabilities are often excluded from the sports and games their peers take for granted. This may be because their parents do not have the time or financial resources to support extra-curricular activity. In London, in particular, families of children with additional needs face greater levels of poverty and isolation. Children with disabilities in some of the capital's poorest boroughs miss out on the opportunity to take part in physical activity or travel to the countryside.


    KEEN London believes no child with disabilities should miss out on the chance to enjoy sports and physical activities. All of our 'athletes' benefit from one-to-one support.

    In Easter 2018 we hope to take 18 children with disabilities to an outdoor adventure centre where they will enjoy outdoor activities including orienteering, kayaking, camping, abseiling and rafting. For many, it will be their first time staying away from home. For all, it will be an adventure of a lifetime

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give children with disabilities the chance to enjoy the benefits of sports and physical activity.


    » We will take 18 'athletes' for a 3 day trip to Norfolk to enjoy outdoor activities, with one-to-one support from 26 trained volunteer coaches.

    What success will look like

    Monitor the effects of the trip on our athletes through observation and consultation with their parents and caregivers.

    Aim 2

    Improve the confidence and social skills of children with disabilities.


    » Allow children with disabilities to stay away from home for the first time.
    » Provide group and team activities which will foster friendships and interaction with their peers.

    What success will look like

    Monitor the effects of the trip on our athletes through observation and consultation with their parents and caregivers.

  • Impact


    Eighteen children with disabilities will be more physically active, will feel less isolated and will make new friends. The project will boost their self-esteem and confidence. They will build strong relationships with their peers and with trusted adults (volunteer coaches). Many will develop long-lasting friendships.

    These effects will be monitored by coaches as our athletes return to our regular weekly sessions in the Summer term. We will also consult with parents to monitor the benefits.


    1. Lack of volunteer support as our service relies on the provision of one-to-one support for our athletes. Our volunteers are recruited some six months in advance of the trip and the majority have attended KEEN residentials in the past. Volunteer numbers are always well in excess of athlete numbers.

    2. Health & Safety risks of activities. We will stay with Kingswood, a reputable company with an outstanding safety record. We will carry out our own risk assessment survey in advance.


    We will provide updates via social media plus a written report with testimonies from our coaches and athletes. This will be within one month of the activity taking place.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Residential trip 3 days/2 nights at an outdoor adventure centre including all activities and food for 44 people
  • Background


    Kingswood Centre, West Runton, Norfolk

    The site overlooks the Norfolk coast and comprises 30 acres of grounds packed with outdoor activities. The KEEN London group will be housed in their own dormitories with ensuite facilities. This will mean our athletes will have their own private space separate from other guests.

    Kingswood has an outstanding record of providing outdoor activity holidays for children at centres throughout the country


    18 athletes with a range of disabilities including autism, epilepsy, Down's Syndrome and learning disabilities will enjoy a 3 day outdoor adventure trip, with many staying away from home for the first time. The athletes will be drawn from our North and East London centres which cover some of London's most economically-deprived boroughs including Hackney, Haringey and Tower Hamlets.

    Their parents and families will enjoy a valuable period of respite during the hectic summer holiday period.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    KEEN London is the only charity in the capital providing free, one-to-one supported sports and activity sessions for children with additional needs.

    We have been operating in London for 15 years and currently support 120 families who rely on us to provide extra-curricular activities. This amounts to over 6000 contact hours of supported care annually.

    Our work is carried out by qualified and experienced Co-ordinators who are supported by a group of over 300 trained, award-winning volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nicole Curtin

    Our Senior Co-ordinator, Nicole is responsible for planning and managing the project including risk assessment, parent consultation and finances.

    Andy Whitby

    Andy is our North London Co-ordinator and is responsible for volunteer management and supporting all athletes' needs.

It was a big deal for Alfred to have an independent trip like this and I could see that he had massively enjoyed himself and felt totally safe and at ease. What you do is so valuable in giving children opportunities they often don't have and it is really helpful as a parent to get some respite.

Madeline, Alfred's mum