Project information

Venture and Falcon holidays (inc. School Ventures)

To provide learning, adventure and fellowship to 4,000 children and teenagers, especially for those suffering from multiple forms of disadvantage, through action-packed holidays and school term-time residential weekends for those aged 8-18.

May 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: CPAS

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  • Need


    Venture and Falcon holidays provide opportunities for children and young people to explore the Christian faith whole enjoying action-packed residential breaks:
    - Ventures are packed with fun activities, Bible talks and small group discussion.
    - School Ventures are short residentials for primary school pupils at CofE schools.
    - Falcons provide additional nurture, care and support for the most disadvantaged young people.


    Our project brings a range of sustainable, 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, esteem and peer pressures.
    Feedback from those attending is analysed and leader feedback is similarly measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. We provide subsidies for those least able to afford to attend, so that cost is never a barrier.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provision of Venture and Falcon holidays around the UK for 3,750 children and young people.


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

    What success will look like

    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 residentials for 500 pupils annually, mobilising 250 leaders.


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

    What success will look like

    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 spirituality; 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: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Ventures Bursaries Provision of up to one-third costs particularly for children from financially deprived backgrounds
      £25,000 Falcons Subsidies Provision of major subsidies for children of households suffering multiple forms of deprivation
  • Background


    The Ventures, School Ventures and Falcons project is available UK-wide, through 100 holidays run annually at 60 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. School Ventures are held locally less than 45 minutes' drive from participating schools, during term-time as part of Christian RE learning.


    The children and young people are the primary beneficiaries. Our themed summer holiday and term-time events engage children and young people with Christian foundations at the heart of our national life, taught and modelled by thoughtful and inspiring leaders. Teachers and others involved 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, we draw advice and support from a good number of Head teachers, other teaching and social care 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, School Ventures and Falcons Principal. Tim heads up day-to-day leadership, aided by an experienced team who carry out DBS checks, etc.

    Canon Graham Archer

    Graham is our 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.