We are very excited to announce a brand new extra holiday this summer, as we add our 'Summer Camp at the Cottage' holiday to our existing 5 summer holidays.
...And a new holiday requires new helpers to join our team of over 150 incredible volunteers who join us in the summer!
Derby Kids’ Camp is a 100% volunteer-run charity which provides FREE holidays to children in real need of a break. There is always a huge demand for children’s spaces on our holidays, and after an expansion in 2011, we’re growing again to ensure more children have a much-needed break from home.
This summer, we will be launching a week-long cottage holiday, providing places for 14 deserving young children. The week is running from 18th – 25th August, and will be full of activities including swimming, walks, visits to the farm and adventure playground, and lots of craft and sports activities on site.
A volunteer team of 7, led by experienced DKC volunteers, will be responsible for caring for the children during the week: ensuring they’re happy, well-fed, warm and dry and having an incredible time that they will remember for years to come.
DKC provide full training and support for volunteers, and the leadership team on the holiday will provide guidance on what needs to be done throughout the week. All of our holidays are run with a high adult to child ratio (roughly 1 volunteer per 2 children) which ensures you’ll have great support – many current and past volunteers describe it as a ‘family’.
We’re looking for volunteers with enthusiasm, drive and initiative to make sure the week is a great success and gives the children a wonderful break. Previous experience of working with or parenting children is desirable but not essential.
All DKC volunteers will be DBS checked by the charity, and new volunteers are required to attend our annual training day on July 1st.
Why do the children need a holiday?
Almost 50 local schools nominate the children who they feel are most in need of a break. This can be for a whole variety of reasons, such as:
Coming from a large or low-income family, who would otherwise be unable to afford a holiday for the child
Being a young carer for a parent or sibling
Children living with grandparents who may struggle to keep up with more active holidays – the week with us gives them the opportunity to participate in activities they’d be unable to do at home
Distressing family circumstances, such as a recent or close bereavement
Social challenges, including children who have been bullied or have difficulties making friends and interacting socially. The support and social opportunities on the holidays help them to make new friends in their peer group and develop their confidence.
What do the children gain from the holidays?
We hear regularly from schools and parents that the children return home with greater confidence and independence, as well as having really loved their week away. Many of the children who stay with us don’t have regular access to the countryside, some of them have never been away from home before they come to Derby Kids' Camp.
We aim to provide the children with as many new experiences as we possibly can, in order to develop their confidence and leave them with great memories of their week.
Can I use the week for my Duke of Edinburgh residential?
Yes! The week can be used to fulfil the residential criteria of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. We’ve had plenty of previous volunteers who first joined us as part of their D of E (and many of them loved it so much they’re still with us!)
The holiday is also an ideal opportunity to gain additional experience working with children for those looking to go into related careers such as teaching, health care or social work.
What are the costs?
There are no costs to the children and no costs to the volunteers on a Derby Kids' Camp holiday!