A residential learning break for young people who wouldn't usually be able to afford this often life changing experience. Residential learning gives young people a chance to problem solve outside the classroom. Many build their confidence and try and learn new things. These experiences help bolster their self belief and we think are a vital part of the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Youth clubs and youth provision in the UK are struggling for funding and opportunities such as residential learning often fall outside of their budgets with parents having to pick up the cost increasingly of these highly valuable experiences for children and young people. Some families cannot afford to send their children and this bursary enables the club or school to apply to have those that cannot afford to pay to have some support with the financing of their learning trip.
By supporting those young people in a group who cannot afford the trip we reduce social inequality and provide a level playing field for the young people in a mixed group to learn and face new challenges together. This can really help to raise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged and hard to reach groups. We especially target our bursary to support those most in need who will gain most in terms of confidence and new skills from our specialist learning challenges.
When young people are able to mix with other young people from different backgrounds it broadens their horizons and helps them raise their aspirations. The nature of the non-formal learning that takes place at our residential centre also builds confidence, resilience and problem solving abilties. Equipping young people with the practical skills they need and the confidence to use them. We teach them to take responsibilty for themselves and their group and instil pride in team working.