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12 years of day trips with Step by Step

12 years of day trips with Step by Step

Our Day Trip Grants have supported 600 inclusive days out for charities, support groups, SEND schools and hospices all over the UK, enabling over 13,500 children and young people to experience unforgettable and confidence-building days out with their friends and families.

Activities chosen by the groups have ranged from visits to zoos, theme parks and puppet shows to canal boat rides, studio tours and theatre performances. If it’s exciting or educational, sporting or sensory, challenging or creative (or better still, all of those things!) then we’re interested.

Over the years we’ve particularly enjoyed reading about the north London charity Step by Step’s various adventurous day trips around the UK.

Last year the group used a day trip grant to take 30 children and young people with disabilities to 360 Play, a family entertainment centre in Stevenage featuring sensory and soft play activities, a carousel and go-karting. Development Manager Cassie Daniels reported that, “it was so nice to be able to take the children out of the city for this trip and give them memories they will cherish forever. Thank you so much!”

“Thank you for taking me on my best trip! I jumped lots and lots!”– Young person

41 children from Step by Step also enjoyed interactive activities at Mead Open Farm in 2017. The group rated the opportunities to engage and the overall experience as “Excellent” and a young person from the group said, “we had fun at the farm and I want to come back every day!”

“Without the grant the trip would not have been possible. Our children got out of the city, made new friends, developed their communication and social skills, got some exercise and made hundreds of happy memories. Thank you!”– Cassie Daniels, Development Manager

In 2015 the group used a day trip grant to take a huge group of 55 children with various disabilities and their carers to Legoland in Windsor. In the same year they also made a trip to Kidspace Indoor Play Area in Romford.

“A lot of our children have socialisation issues and we have found that when interacting in settings where they are free to be energetic, they really come out of their shells and bond more easily with others.”– Judith Schaechter, Support Worker

Step by Step are an incredibly commited charity who have delivered countless experiences for the young people who we believe most deserve them. Since 2006 we have been delighted to support 13 varied and exciting days out for the group, including trips to Odds Farm Park, Gulliver’s Land Theme Park and a concert at The Logan Hall.

Time and time again we hear that without our funding or the hard work undertaken by the charities we support, many young people and their families would not have been able to enjoy these special days out. Financial barriers, feelings of exclusion and depleting resources often mean that children with disabilities and life-limiting conditions do not get to experience all the exciting things that make a childhood vibrant and complete.

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