Project information

Ventures and School Ventures

To provide learning, fellowship and adventure to 3,500 children and young people through action-packed holidays for those aged 8-18.
Also to improve professional practice in Christian education and formation and to support the provision of opportunities for young people through School Ventures.

January 2018 - December 2020

Charity information: CPAS

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  • Need


    CPAS Ventures address the researched need for innovation in the provision of opportunities for young people to explore Christian spirituality, alongside their peers and within their local communities.
    We have taken time to conduct a pilot study of School Ventures, including steering input from educational professionals and local churches. Ventures helps clarify the rationale behind the claims of Christian spirituality. Some of our young people and their schools fall within areas of deprivation.


    The Ventures experience brings a range of key development and enrichment outcomes to children and young people, including those which contribute towards ‘helping children to achieve more’, tackling the gender gap in well-being between girls and boys, and so-on.
    Feedback from those attending is analysed and leader feedback is similarly measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. CPAS provides subsidies for those least able to afford to attend, so cost is not a barrier.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provision of Venture holidays around the UK for 3,500 children and young people.


    » 100 holidays especially designed for learning, fellowship and adventure, led by carefully trained Christian volunteers who contribute financially.

    CPAS can trace its earliest Church holiday camps as far back as the early 1920s. We continue to provide fun-packed activities for thousands of young people around the UK annually.

    Aim 2

    Providing short, term-time School Venture residentials for 1,000 pupils and mobilising 500 leaders.


    » We work with local school partnerships championed by Head teachers, schools' RE and other staff, with experienced CPAS leaders facilitating delivery.

    Within the next three years we will have delivered 15 early-adopter schemes in selected regions across the UK, through multi-school collaborations. Our pilot involved 9 schools.

  • Impact


    Benefits include better clarity about the Christian faith; a perceived increase in self-confidence; an increase in life skills such as socialising and networking with children from another demographic; overcoming major fears; greater open-mindedness to trying new things e.g. forestry skills; investigating new concepts.
    Teachers have expressed appreciation not only for the value added benefit to their curriculum, but also for the way that the multi-school option invests in regional partnerships.


    We wish to contribute towards the collective pool of learning and development for RE in Schools nationally. Other partners will need to be willing for us to do so. We will seek to accredit School Ventures so that it sits appropriately within a recognised national framework.
    The other chief risk is due to the cost of delivery and the ability of schools to make a contribution locally. CPAS has embarked on a dedicated programme of fundraising to help offset this risk.


    After three years of growing this initiative (around 2020), we will ask an external body to help us review impact on all parties. All CPAS work is subject to qualitative and quantitative analysis and continuous improvement programmes include on-going training for all volunteer leaders involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Ventures Subsidies Provision of up to one-third costs particularly for children from financially deprived backgrounds
      £20,000 School Ventures Subsidies Ditto, towards a total of 15 'early adopter' schools
  • Background


    The Ventures and School Ventures project is available UK-wide, and currently uses holiday locations across England and Wales. This includes disadvantaged participants drawn from inner-city areas of multiple deprivation as mapped by Indices of Multiple Deprivation (e.g.


    The children and young people are the primary beneficiaries. Our themed events aim to engage children and young people with the Christian foundation at the heart of our national life, taught and modelled by thoughtful and inspiring leaders.
    In addition, teachers and others involved in the pilots have expressed appreciation not only for the value added benefit to their curriculum, but also for the way that the multi-school option invests in regional partnerships across schools.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CPAS has good experience and a sound history of collaboration in delivery of schools-age educational programmes that goes back many decades. At present we also deliver education at an advanced level within Theological Educational Institutions. As we devise and develop programmes such as School Ventures, we draw advice and support from a good number of Head teachers and other teaching professionals who have worked alongside CPAS for many years. We have around 3,000 volunteers nationally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Friend

    Ventures and School Ventures Principal. Tim heads up day-to-day leadership and management, aided by an experienced team who carry out DBS checks etc.

    Canon Graham Archer

    Graham is CPAS Director of Ministry and has many years experience of delivering such programmes. He reports to the CPAS Trustees on project outcomes.


£215 will enable a child from a poorer background experience fun-filled learning and development.

Over the years the work of CPAS Ventures has touched the lives of tens of thousands of children and young people. Local churches in every corner of the country have benefitted from this ministry.

Rt Rev James Newcombe, Bishop of Carlisle.