Today The Eikon Charity’s youth work team embarked on their annual residential trip to Devon; taking 23 young people away for a week of fun, learning and friendship building experiences! The Eikon Charity is delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £10,000, which has made this trip possible.
This residential trip and will help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people right here in Surrey as it is aimed at helping young people who have difficulties with self esteem, risk-taking behaviour, emotional instability, economic and social deprivation and lack independent life skills. This trip will allow these vulnerable young people to engage with a different and completely new experience which will allow them to grow and develop as individuals. Half of the young people attending this residential trip are young carers, meaning they are heavily depended on within their household. Their caring duties mean that many of these young people have never spent time away from home, making this trip an incredible experience for them; allowing them to make new friends, whilst boosting their confidence and self esteem.
Caroline Olivero, Head of Youth Work at The Eikon Charity, said “We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to support more young people over the Summer months thanks to this generous grant from BBC Children in Need. With the recent government funding cuts, financial support like this is vital in ensuring more vulnerable young people are given better opportunities which will change the lives of many across Surrey”.
BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s through cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.
All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.
The Eikon Charity is very grateful for the support given by BBC Children in Need and are thrilled to have been able to take 23 young people away a residential trip on 21st August 2015.