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Project information

Life-changing activity camps

We aim to help the often side-lined siblings of children with serious or life-limiting illness at our unique Therapeutic Recreation Camps. Our Sibling Camps are designed to build confidence & self-esteem, increase resilience and introduce them to other children who face the same challenges.

March 2019 - October 2019

Charity information: Over The Wall

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  • Need


    Siblings of seriously ill children often experience very low confidence and self-esteem. They miss out on school trips, play dates and time with their parents who are busy with sick siblings. They tend to be isolated from their peers and withdrawn. Many feel lonely, anxious, sad and a strong sense of guilt. Most of the siblings we support have caring responsibilities themselves which many find overwhelming; they miss out on a carefree childhood and they have to grow up faster than their peers.


    Sibling Camps offer children an opportunity to feel ‘normal’ and enjoy new challenges and activities in a fun & supportive environment. They get a break from the pressures & constraints of life at home and meet others who ‘get’ what they are going through. Through participation in a wide range of social, creative & physical activities, the children are encouraged to achieve tailored goals & challenges and to build confidence and self-esteem whilst learning new coping strategies to use at home.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop the confidence and self-esteem of siblings of seriously ill childre


    » Camp provides a uniquely nurturing & supportive environment in which every child is encouraged to achieve things they never thought possible.

    What success will look like

    We survey our campers at the end of every camp to determine the impact on confidence, self-esteem, independence and wellbeing. We also monitor responses to individual activities.

    Aim 2

    To develop resilience and coping strategies of siblings / young carers.


    » Campers gain strength as well as increased confidence and learn new ways to cope with the challenges they face every day.

    What success will look like

    Through the use of 'radical reflection' we enable campers to look back on what they have learnt throughout the week and how they can use this moving forward.

    Aim 3

    To provide a week of respite from caring responsibilities.


    » Camp gives the children an opportunity to be children first, not carers. They tell us they like the fact they can ‘have fun without feeling guilty’.

    What success will look like

    This will be achieved by offering places to 188 siblings of seriously ill children to attend one of our 3 sibling camps.

    Aim 4

    To enable siblings/young carers to take part in activities they cannot usually access


    » Campers will take part in a wide range of activities, including kayaking, climbing wall, zip wire, 3G swing, archery, drama, music, arts & crafts. 

    What success will look like

    We offer activities ranging from archery, climbing, zip-lines, arts and crafts, drama, wood work and swimming to allow our campers to try things they wouldn't normally do at home.

  • Impact


    Our campers leave us with a renewed sense of what is possible and of what they can achieve. They go home having made new friends for life and a new support network that will last well beyond the time constraints of camp. They leave us having developed new coping mechanisms, enabling them to face the future with hope, positivity and resilience. Our evaluation programme will enable us to measure these planned outcomes.


    As a charity we are completely reliant on donations to fund our work and therefore not achieving our fundraising targets could lead to the number of camps and camper places to be reduced.

    We have developed a robust fundraising plan which has, in the last 4 years, seen our income increase from £831,928 in 2013 to £1,352,000 in 2017.


    We will post regular updates on how the money raised is used at our Siblings Camps throughout 2019 as well as sending all donors to the Christmas Challenge a thank you letter.
    Donors will receive our fundraising newsletter updating them on the camp programmes and be introduced to a camper in each

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,535

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,024 Venue Hire South Sibs
      £13,397 Venue Hire Scotland Sibs
      £21,114 Venue Hire Midlands Sibs
  • Background


    We will be holding 3 sibling camps in 2019 which will be strategically placed throughout the UK to ensure as many children as possible have access to an Over The Wall camp.


    Siblings of seriously ill children will benefit from this project, as will the whole family. Camp has such a positive impact on individual children that this is felt by the whole family unit. Our camps always aim to support those most in need and those with the most to gain. Children who are particularly isolated, looked after children, those with acute mental health and socio-psychological challenges will be prioritised, as will those who have not attended at OTW camp before.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a quality provider. In 2017 we were rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted across every single category reviewed. In Scotland, the Care Inspectorate has consistently awarded us with scores of ‘Excellent’. Our Safeguarding Policies have been approved by the NSPCC. Our overheads are low and, as a member of the SeriousFun Children's Network, we benefit from an annual donation towards core costs which means that over 90% of all other donations go directly to funding our camps.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Zoe Grant

    Volunteer Director. Responsible for recruitment & training volunteers who work 1:1 with the children & facilitate the life-changing benefits of camp.

    James Snowden

    Wellbeing Coordinator - work to ensure we best meet the psychosocial needs of our campers, allowing them to get the most out of their camp experience

    Natalie Marshall

    Clinical Director - lead contact for medical volunteers who run our 'Med Sheds at camp. Responsible for pre-camp assessment of campers & care plans.

What makes camp great?


Pays for a thrilling zip line experience for a camper

“I can honestly say that the impact that Over The Wall has on children and families is astronomically greater than anything else that we refer people to. It is no exaggeration to say that our patients come back completely changed.”

Dr Thom O’Neill, Paediatrician, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh