Daytrippers is a charity supporting disabled and terminally ill children and young people throughout the UK. We do this by funding days out and organising bespoke inclusive events.

Our aim is to ensure children and young people have the opportunity to enjoy themselves, improve their confidence and break boundaries through social, recreational and educational activities. This is achieved through building strong and lasting relationships whilst ensuring quality and delivering rewarding experiences.

Download our Annual Review 2016

Our work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.

What We Do:

We work with children and young people up to the age of 25 years in two ways.

Funding Day Trips: We recognise that organising a trip for groups of disabled and terminally ill children and young people can be challenging. Therefore, we run a grant programme and offer assistance to help special schools, charities and support groups plan and organise day trips.

Hosting Events for Children and Young People: We host free bespoke events specifically designed for families, support groups and schools which are fun, imaginative, inclusive and safe. A wide variety of events are offered such as interactive performances, experiential learning and team building days, inclusive sports events, and sensory play with sound and light.

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Why We Do What We Do:

  • 84% of families with disabled children in the UK (cohort of 3,500 families) stated that they go without days out or leisure time.

Statistic taken from the Contact a Family report – Counting the Costs 2014

  • In 2012/13, 7% (0.9million) of children under the age of 16 in the UK were disabled.
  • The cost of bringing up a disabled child is 3 times greater than that of bringing up a non-disabled child.
  • 40% of disabled children in the UK live in poverty.
  • Research by Contact a Family shows that 65% of families caring for disabled children report feeling isolated frequently or all of the time.
  • Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.
  • In 2013/14, disabled people had a lower engagement rate (72.4%) than non-disabled people (79.1%) in the arts, visiting heritage sites, museums, galleries and libraries.
  • Disabled people are less likely to participate in sport, compared to those without a longstanding illness or disability (29.3% versus 51.4%).

Statistics taken from the Papworth Trust report – Disability in the United Kingdom 2014

  • 79% of autistic people and 70% of families report that they feel socially isolated.

Statistic taken from The National Autistic Society report –  Too Much Information 2016