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, 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.
Our work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.
What We Do:
We work with children and young people from the age of 5 to 25 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 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.
Why We Do What We Do:
- In 2012/13, 7% (0.9million) of children under the age of 16 in the UK were disabled.
- The annual 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%)
Above statistics taken from the Papworth Trust – UK Disability facts and figures report 2014
- 84% of families with disabled children in the UK (cohort of 3,500 families) stated that they go without days out or leisure time.
Above taken from the Contact a Family – Counting the Costs 2014 report