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.
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.
Day Trips Grants: We recognise that organising a trip for groups of disabled and terminally ill children and young people can be challenging. Therefore, we run a grants programme for special schools, children’s hospices, charities and support groups, helping to ensure that their great days out take place and the children have enjoyable experiences.
Bespoke Events: We host free bespoke events specifically designed children with disabilities and terminal conditions which are fun, creative, inclusive and safe. A wide variety of events are offered such as immersive theatre performances, experiential learning and team building days, inclusive sports, colour, music and dance workshops.
Download our Annual Review 2016
Why We Do What We Do:
We believe in the importance of fun and play.
Daytrippers’ founder started the charity because he wanted to give children the same opportunities he had growing up and therefore, we aim to alleviate barriers such as social isolation and deprivation. Instead, we promote fun, learning and social, emotional and physical development through recreational activities. Children with disabilities and terminal conditions (and their siblings) have the right to a fun, creative and thriving childhood.
Here are some of the issues faced by disabled children and their families:
- 84% of families with disabled children in the UK (cohort of 3,500 families) stated that they go without days out or leisure time.
- 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.
- 65% of families caring for disabled children report feeling isolated frequently or all of the time.
- 79% of autistic people and 70% of families report that they feel socially isolated.
- Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.
- Disabled people are less likely to participate in sport, compared to those without a longstanding illness or disability (29.3% versus 51.4%).
Source: Counting the Costs 2014 (Contact a Family), Disability in the United Kingdom 2014 (Papworth Trust) and Too Much Information 2016 (National Autistic Society).