Over 500 young people benefit from Summer Camp

Over 500 young people benefit from Summer Camp

Summer Camp is giving young people from the Royal Borough of Greenwich the chance to join a week-long programme. This year’s camp is offering educational and sporting activities at three venues.

Over 500 young people, between the ages of 8 and 16 years old, are set to take part throughout the summer holidays. With the camp providing a healthy breakfast and lunch each day as part of the programme.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe meeting young people attending the summer camp
Council leader, Danny Thorpe, visited the summer camp and met some of the young people attending

Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich visits Summer Camp

Speaking about his recent visit, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Danny Thorpe said:

“It’s been wonderful to come and hear first-hand from young people in Greenwich about the positive difference that we’ve made to their summer. The past few months have been really difficult for them and I think it’s incredibly important to be providing activities for them to participate in. In a COVID secure way.

“Providing support for young people and their families is a top priority for the Council and our partners. Which is why we made sure these camps happen, and we are also once again ensuring access to free meals for all young people across the borough during the holidays. I want to thank all the staff and volunteers who have pulled together to make it all possible this year, under such trying circumstances.”

 

Councillors Thorpe and Morrow and Heidi King from the University of Greenwich at the Charlton Athletic kitchens
Meals are being provided at the summer camp

Free meals are provided by Charlton Athletic Football Club, alongside catering partner Gather & Gather, from their kitchens at The Valley. Cllr Thorpe, Cllr Morrow and Heidi King, from the University of Greenwich, visited the kitchen team. Before heading to Eltham Hill School and Hawksmoor Youth hub to meet young people involved with the project.

13-year-old Summer Camp attendee, Jess, said:

“it’s really good. It’s a reason to get out of bed every morning. Because otherwise, we would all be at home or just hanging around the area.”

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) about the camp.

CACT Chief Executive, Jason Morgan said,

“The relationship between the Council and CACT over the last six months had been brilliant with first, the Community Hub and now this summer project. Danny knew that there was a need to do something in the summer for young people and was more than happy to help and support.

“To bring Danny and others along to see what we’re doing is really important.”

Can you help?

CACT has launched a fundraising campaign to raise a final, £10,000 towards the Summer Camp programme.