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Project information

Leeds Children's Charity

To provide 364 free residential short breaks/respite during 2011 for disadvantaged and socially excluded children from Leeds aged 7 to 11 years. The children are disadvantaged for many reasons including poverty, neglect, victims of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and many more.

March 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: Leeds Children's Charity

Leeds Children's Charity logo
  • Need


    The problem that the charity tackles is the plight of young children and families in Leeds who are living in dire conditions. Young children aged 7 to 11 years are given an opportunity to enjoy time and space to be themselves within a safe and secure environment by the sea and in the countryside.


    The charity will provide free residential short breaks/respite at Silverdale Holiday Centre, near Morecambe where the children can enjoy games and activities to develop confidence, self-esteem, personal skills, and lasting friendships within an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 364 residential short breaks/respite places for disadvantaged children during 2011


    » To raise necessary funds and resources, ie £165,000, in order to provide free holidays at Silverdale Holiday Centre for 364 children during 2011.
    » Maintain Silverdale Holiday Centre to a high standard in order to accommodate disadvantaged children in a comfortable and secure environment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the changes seen in the behaviour and manner of the children and the joy on their faces following time spent at Silverdale Holiday Centre.

  • Impact


    The children are encouraged to develop confidence, self-esteem, personal skills, and lasting friendships within an atmosphere of fun and friendship. These improved skills enable the children to work better at school and within the community, and to cope with their difficult home situations. Families, teachers, social workers, and associated organisations fully endorse this worthwhile and essential service as something that they cannot provide.


    The main risks to this project are the potential lack of funding and the increasing bureaucracy relating to child protection and safeguarding issues that may arise. All staff who care for the children are fully trained with enhanced CRB checks in place. The charity maintains child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly, and provides ongoing training for staff and volunteers. The trustees work continually to raise suffient funds to help children.


    Reports are produced regularly both as newsletters and on the website. All details are included in the Trustees' Annual Report at each AGM. Donors can also enquire at any time to the Board of Trustees for details of how money and resources given to this project are used for the charity's purpose.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £165,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £106,000 Salaries Salaries for staff at Silverdale and in the Leeds office
      £10,039 Provisions Provisions and equipment for the children
      £48,961 Services Services, Employer and Public Liability insurance, building repairs, renewal, and equipment, Medical
  • Background


    Over 350 children each year enjoy time and space at Silverdale Holiday Centre, near Morecambe. The property is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking Morecambe Bay and the children can play in the extensive grounds or inside the large rooms of the property.


    Over 350 children and families each year will directly benefit from this project. There are many schools, communities and local areas that will benefit indirectly because of the changed attitude and behaviour of the children during their stay at Silverdale Holiday Centre. Some children enjoy a break at Silverdale each year while they are still eligible due to family circumstances.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Leeds Children's Charity was founded in 1904 to provide a service for the underprivileged and deprived children of Leeds. Therefore, a wealth of knowledge and experience has been built up over the years in trustees, supporters and volunteers who assist with the provision of an essential and worthwhile service to the community. Over 58000 holiday places have been provided for disadvantaged children since the charity was founded.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Board Of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees work continually to ensure the service provided is always relevant and available to those in need within the community.


will pay for a holiday for one child