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2 Weekend Camps for Young People Who Need A Break

How will the funding be spent?

We will deliver 2 weekend camps, one for children aged between 8-11 years and one for children aged between 12-15 years. The funds will cover the food and accommodation for 24 children and 28 young adult volunteers. Cooking will be conducted by adult support volunteers. A project manager will be contracted to ensure quality organisation of the camps and communication with families and support agencies. Funded volunteer training and support will also be essential to ensure quality and safety.

How will the project be delivered?

The 2 camps will be spread across the funding period with a 3 month lead up for planning, recruiting and training with volunteers. Welfare agencies including the State Department will be invited to refer children to the camps. Young adult volunteers will plan and deliver the program with support from mentoring adults. We will then have a one month evaluation process that will help us feedback the experience to the volunteers and plan for future initiatives

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

48 children and 50 young adult volunteers

How will you measure the impact of this project?

We will measure the impact in 3 ways:
1. Attendance and demographics of the participating children
2. Surveys for the children at the end of the camp
3. Interviews with randomly selected agency workers and parents after the camp
We will use these tools to measure the impact we have had in the short term and medium term on the lives of the children who attend.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

Edmund Rice Camps are a chance for children and young people who have experienced trauma and social isolation in their lives to engage with young adults in a fun, caring and inclusive environment. Whilst the activities provide fun and engagement in the outdoors the real magic happens in the relationships formed between the children and volunteers as they connect, develop trust and confidence and feel part of an accepting community around them.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Edmund Rice Camps SA

What does this organisation do?

Edmund Rice Camps SA (ERCSA) provides opportunities
for children, young people, their families to meet with others in a mutually empowering environment of fun, trust and growth. We provide positive social and recreational experiences for targeted marginalised groups to assist them to grow in confidence, resilience and hope through 1:1 mentoring relationships. To achieve this we place great importance on the development of our volunteer community.
We provide opportunities for young adult volunteers (aged 17-26) to grow through training, debriefing, and justice-based advocacy, equipping them with the skills, ability and confidence to participate as mentors, role models and leaders both on camps and in the broader community.
Our organisation supports children who may have experienced or are currently experiencing family trauma, financial hardship, mental health issues, newly arrived to Australia, those who are socially isolated and those who require respite from the stressors in their lives.

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