A selection of images from the 2019 Residential Holiday (Summer camp)

What do we provide ?

Sefton Childrens Trust aims to provide a 3 year programme of events and activities for families experiencing difficulties, focusing on families with young people aged 8 – 11 years who in the main reside in Sefton.

These young people may be young carers, living in families who are experiencing difficulties, or may themselves have special needs including learning difficulties or behavioural problems.

  • Christmas party and pantomime (including provision of a present for each young person of the family)
  • There are opportunities for the young people and their families  to meet with various Public Figures including the Mayor of  Sefton
  • Delivery of Christmas food hampers to identified families
  • At age 12 we link young people with other organisations who provide similar opportunities e.g. PAYES, which is a Police and Youth encouragement scheme
  • Residential experience

The highlight of our programme is a week long summer residential experience, enjoyed for the last few years at Manor Adventure Shropshire. For most young people this is not only their sole experience of a holiday but also a respite from their often difficult daily lives.

During the residential experience the young people develop confidence and team skills in a fun environment whilst enjoying the experience of being a young person.

For many of them its the first time they experience the opportunity to make choices, to discover areas where they can “shine” by being encouraged to achieve personal goals.

Many of the stresses these young people face in their daily lives are removed, as they are provided with appropriate protective clothing,  equipment for their activities, toiletries and food. Please click here to see the latest report

Live dance drama is popular with the young people, often awakening dormant potential. Teamwork is an amazing tool for recognising the needs of others and providing support, encouragement and friendship.

Feedback enables us to evaluate sleeping/eating patterns and social skills during the week and we hear of improved attendance and behaviour at school.

The residential experience provides respite for families; many of these young people are ones excluded by other organisations.