How we've used the 2018 grant so far

Each year we take away 100 children who live with HIV for a 5 day residential over the summer.

Camp can be a life changing experience. A young person on 2017 camp said it “made me feel free. I used to be worried about my future. I used to think I am the only one with HIV. Thanks for proving me wrong.”
 
Children’s understanding and acceptance of their HIV can be turned around in that week. And crucially, they develop a peer support network of friendships which continue beyond camp.
 
Planning takes up much of our small team’s time as we process applications, advertise through clinics across the UK, book volunteer staff, secure a venue, plan our programme and workshop and activity facilitator team.
 
Our grant from Raise Your Hands has been used to support this work, in particular our activity and workshop programme at camp. We are hugely grateful for the support. It is our 9th year and the work remains as critical as ever. 

This year we look forward to welcoming Football Beyond Boarders, another Raise Your Hands charity, who are coming for a day to run football sessions with our camp participants.