Young people from disadvantaged families in Eastbourne are being given the chance to make friends and develop vital life and social skills this summer, thanks to YHA and the Pom Charitable Trust.
The Trust has donated £10,000 to YHA enabling it to reduce the cost of its week-long residential summer camps by 75 per cent for 10 to 16 year olds in receipt of free school meals.
The donation, combined with YHA’s own bursary fund, Breaks for Kids, means a week-long residential activity-packed summer camp with YHA is now less than £100. To make the camps even more affordable YHA has payment plans to help families spread the cost.
YHA research has shown that three quarters of British teens prefer to make virtual friendships online over real friendships. Last year, 15 per cent of children attending a YHA Summer Camp benefitted from Breaks For Kids funding enabling them to create lasting real friendships and gain increased confidence and independence.
Caroline White, chief executive of YHA, said, “Young people who have experienced YHA Summers Camps in previous years tell us that one of the most exciting aspects of camp is to meet with others and to make new friends, from different backgrounds and places. In this way YHA continues enhancing the lives of young people and breaking down barriers that hold back young people.”
The all-inclusive camps include five nights’ accommodation, four days of activities with qualified instructors, in-camp transport, evening entertainment, as well as all meals and snacks. The adrenalin-fuelled activities at the camps include climbing, weaselling, raft building, canoeing, quad biking, archery and zip wires.
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