Camping with Southwark Young Carers group

Thursday, 27 June 2013

During May half term Southwark Woodcraft linked up with Southwark Young carers group for a 3 day camp at Lurgashall Park Farm, part of an outreach project funded by Southwark Youth Community Restoration Fund. Around 20 Venturers and Young Carers got a chance to go mountain biking, do archery, play night games and experience what its like to camp and live in a co-operative way.

We applied for funding for the project in December after making initial contact with the Young Carers group, which is run by the charity Action for Children but receives core funding from the council. The project worker there had been in Woodcraft when he was younger so he already had an understanding of our ethos, which helped a lot.

In the end we received £3500, which meant we were able to pay a project co-ordinator and programme providers for the camp. Before the camp we visited the Young Carers group session to talk with them about Woodcraft and to see how much interest there was. Luckily, most of them wanted to come! We also arranged a campfire at a D of E centre in South London, to give the two groups a chance to meet and get to know each other before going away.

The camp itself was hard work but fun! It was good to be able to give other young people the opportunity to experience a Woodcraft camp and give them a break from their caring responsibilities, whilst also learning how other youth groups work and meeting young people from different backgrounds.

It's important that in the work that we do we are trying to reach out to and include young people with fewer opportunities, so we hope that other Woodcraft groups will find this useful as an example of one way you can run an outreach project.

If you would like to know more about the project you can contact Martha Julings at martha_julings@hotmail.co.uk  

The All Together network have also produced a really great handbook all about inclusion and outreach work which you can access here.

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