Each school holiday we enable around 50 children to enjoy one age appropriate outing. We provide an exciting and varied programme of activities, to maximise opportunities for children to be active, try new experiences and grow in confidence while having fun. Activities may range from flying a kite for the first time, to climbing, to theatre shows, to a trip to the beach, adventure activities and water sports, to meeting animals or enjoying a picnic in the park. Outings always include lunch, which we provide along with covering all the costs of the outing.
Volunteers accompany younger children from home and facilitate participation. Children over 11 years old, may make their own way to the meeting point in Hackney / Stratford if parents feel they are ready to travel independently. Consistent volunteers and peer groups promote friendships, an experience of belonging and growing social confidence. Each outing will have an average of 8-15 children attending, in age appropriate groups e.g. 3-5's, 6-9's, 10-13's, 14-18s. There is flexibility to enable children to be in the group most appropriate and to enable siblings to attend together where helpful.
Children who are part of our outings programme are not aware of the family HIV or our charity name. We book activities under Kids club and Y2K to protect confidentiality.
"It gives him opportunity to mix with kids of his own age. He really loves going out with the group. He especially enjoyed the Sky Studio one recently". Parent
“The girls have always enjoyed the outings and I find the volunteers very helpful and friendly.” Parent
"It gives them experiences I would not have been able to provide" Parent