The Council of Management of Child have decided not to offer any holiday programme for Summer 2010. This decision has been taken to allow a fundamental review of the organisation's current structure and strategy.
Following the AGM, a review group was formed and this group will meet regularly during the next six months. It is hoped that the recommendations from this review group will form the basis for decisions on the future direction of Child.
How can I get involved in the review?
Volunteers currently registered with Child will be contacted directly to participate in the review group or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting further information on joining the group. Membership of the review group is open to currently registered volunteers only.
What happens next?
The review group will report to Council in Spring 2011, following which an AGM will be held to determine the way forward. Until the way forward is determined all Child activities have been suspended.
The current Council of Management will continue to administer Child until the completion of this process.
Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of Child.
Child is a cross-community children's charity which was established in January 1996. We provide week long residential holidays for children drawn from all sections of the community in Northern Ireland. We also provide volunteer training and volunteering opportunities for volunteers aged 17+.
Our holidays are fun and action packed weeks giving children an opportunity to take part in a range of activities, meet new friends and have a break from their normal lives. In the last 10 years we have provided holidays for more than 1200 children!
Please download our example holiday timetable (doc).
10th Anniversary - 1996-2006
A Registered Charity
Child is a registered charity, a registered member of the DHSS pre-employment constancy service and an affiliated member of Youth Action NI.
Who Runs Child?
The charity itself is managed by the Council members. Alongside this we have now have many volunteers, who assist the council in the running of the charity in activities such as fundraising and take part in the holidays. There are no full or part-time employees. Child is run entirely by volunteers. Our work is governed by our founding constitution - available for download below.
Child believes that it’s work will represent a major step forward in encouraging cross-community contacts; confidence-building between communities and the promotion of positive means of handling conflicts. This work is undertaken by volunteers drawn from all sections of the community and all religious persuasions who work within and beyond their local communities to effect better relations between all participants in Child’s programme of work.
Child is a volunteer intensive Organization that seeks to promote personal development and self-confidence/esteem amongst volunteers and provide positive opportunities for interaction between and across the community divide in N. Ireland.
Child believes that our province-wide base, our strong commitment to providing quality services to children and young adults and the locally responsive nature of our organization will encourage the development of good community relations, highlight the interdependence of community ties and encourage the positive and peaceful recognition and promotion of similarity and diversity within and between both religious traditions.
Child is particularly proud of its record of working with disadvantaged young people and providing life-enhancing services to these young people.