Project information

Nights Away!

To provide children and young people living in poverty with life-changing residential experiences such as Canal Boating Holidays, Camping Trips, Cycling Expeditions, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Outdoor Pursuits. These trips are specifically designed to inspire young people.

January 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: The Boathouse Youth Limited

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  • Need


    The project will solve the restrictions that currently face young people whose parents are not in a financial position to fund their children taking part in school trips or other activities such as these.

    For example, many parents are unable to afford the hundreds of pounds required to cover the cost of the training and expeditions in addition to the personal equipment that is required for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


    First and foremost - we will provide all of these activities and experiences completely free-of-charge.

    Secondly, we will provide all of the personal equipment that is required for young people to complete the award: walking boots, rucksacks, tents, cooking stoves, etc.

    Thirdly, we provide transport to and from the the venue.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Children and young people will develop a series of skills aiding their employability.


    » Young people will participate in a Canal Boating Residential.
    » Young people will participate in a Camping Residential.
    » Young people will complete the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
    » Young people will volunteer their time to assist the organisation and others.

    What success will look like

    Children and young people will develop a series of skills aiding their employability.

  • Impact


    - Advancement in a new skill
    - Increased physical ability and fitness
    - Experience in actively-volunteering and the enjoyment that can be gained from giving your time for the benefit of others
    - A new experience of the outdoors and participating in an expedition
    - Making new friends
    - Developed confidence


    Failure to raise the required funds in time could affect the success of the project. We are managing this by subscribing to schemes such as this one with a view to raising the required funds.


    Our website gives up-to-date and real-time information.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Canal Residential 4 x 7-day canal residential for 80 children
      £20,000 Camp 4 x 6-day camping residentials for 80 children
      £10,000 DofE Costs of DofE Training and Expeditions for 60 children
  • Background


    The BHY operates within some of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas of the UK, with the ramifications of these hardships being all too palpable. The Bloomfield Ward of Blackpool - in which our HQ is located - is, according the Index of Multiple Deprivation the


    The beneficiaries will be children and young people whose disadvantaged can be summarised in one word -- deprivation.

    The effects on impressional and vulnerable young people of the hardships of this community are harrowing. This manifests itself most overtly in both physical and psychological problems, the latter more often than not being linked with behavioural hurdles.

    Because the children are not equipped to counter these problems the success of projects like this are imperative.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Put simply, because we have done it before -- and it worked; it has improved many young lives.

    The BHY is now in its 8th year, with a current membership of 500 children. It operates in areas that face difficulties and deprivation.

    We work closely with schools, the police and social services. We have an extremely professional ethos and exceptionally good local reputation. We are regularly contacted by children's homes, social services and schools to support their charges.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laurance Hancock

    Chief Executive of The Boathouse Youth - responsible for ensuring that the strategic business direction is correct.

    Benjamin Wilson

    General Manager

Since the Boathouse has existed in this area there's less youths fighting on the streets and stuff.

Lucy Horrocks, Young Person - Aged 15