Children’s Country Holidays (CCH) was established in the UK at the turn of the last century to give less fortunate children living in cities, an escape to the country.
Increased legislation meant that the charity had to employ so many more carers that it was no longer feasible. In 2018 CCH ceased operations and made a deed of gift to the Outward Bound Trust – an educational charity that helps young people defy their limitations through learning and adventures in the wild, with centres in the Lake District, Scotland, North Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Through this amalgamation, the organisations are able to better achieve their mission of having a greater impact on young and future lives.
Philip Gower, having for many years been involved with CCH, visited the Outward Bound Trust centre in Ullswater:
‘It is absolutely amazing, terrific facilities, I was very impressed. I had the opportunity to listen to a group of youths who had completed a week’s course, they were talking about how they were encouraged to find out how to plan and prepare (and how they originally messed up!) activities which included open water swimming and climbing. They were all talking about how the Outward Bound course has changed their lives and what it’s done for their self-confidence – it was incredibly encouraging. As a lover of mountains and wild open spaces, I left there feeling that Jersey children should also have this opportunity open to them.’
The Outward Bound ‘School’s Package’ has now been introduced to the Island, working with several local schools to send teams of 12 children to Centres in the UK.
‘We are paying a 50% bursary, and we also pay for travel up to £125 per person. The reason it’s only part payment towards the cost is that we are following the Outward Bound model. They tell us from past experience (which they have a lot of) you have got to get the schools and young people to commit – even if it is just a small amount financially. They are less likely to back out on the day of travel if they have actually paid something towards it. The hope is that children will have saved at least £1 a week, to show they are committed.’
View Charity Website: https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/