COVID 19 - IT'S IMPACT
What started off as a year with such opportunity for our young people is sadly turning out to be anything but!
In the lead up to 2020 we had put together an exciting programme for the year which would have seen us offer the largest number of residential places since the 2008 economic crisis. Altogether nearly 130 young people were set to join us ...and then COVID 19 struck!.
While we are happy to report that our own staff, Trustees and close family have remained safe the impact of the virus has decimated our overall plans. Dates set in April, May, July and early August have all been cancelled. Others still remain in late August and we have been working with our activity providers to look at other alternatives in September and through to the October school holidays. However, whether any of these go ahead is dependent on the advice and instructions received via the Scottish and UK governments and for the moment we can do little but wait and see how things progress. Also our young carers' groups, the youngsters that will be participating and, of course their families, will have to feel confident that any residentials we organise can take place in a safe and risk free manner.
So for the time being we will continue to hope - and plan - for the better times ahead. One bright spot is the fact that some groups who do not feel comfortable about taking their young people away this year and have therefore cancelled their places have made it clear they want to return with us in 2021. We will be more than happy to see them!!
In fact bearing in mind the stresses and strains imposed on families during lockdown and its aftermath we are sure that when our young people do get the opportunity to once again be part of our programme they will enjoy it and benefit from it possibly more than ever before!!
Although we are a small charity and do not have a high profile, we do believe we make a big difference in the lives of young people. We offer them the chance to discover that the world has so much to offer and they have so much to offer it.
In recent years we have worked with young carers groups although we have also been involved with community based youth action groups who concentrate on disadvantaged young people seen as being at risk of offending or having come to the attention of the justice system.
Our courses are highly subsidised and we are always ready to discuss costs and the needs of different groups. Under its charitable status, Camp&Trek has a wide remit in regard to young people and is always willing to chat about the possibility of working with groups from different backgrounds.
It may be possible to tailor courses to meet the needs of certain young people so give us a ring or drop us an email to find out more. This can be done in the first instance by either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01470 542444.
Camp&Trek’s patrons are:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Phil Collins LVO
Michael JP Davies CBE