I am away to help Outfit Moray in Applecross for a few days with a respite care week on the West Coast. Outfit Moray offer holiday and respite breaks for vulnerable and disadvantaged children from across Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands. This initiative provides a week’s holiday break for children and young people who would otherwise not get a break in that year and in particular children who live in poverty, are young carers or who have recently lost a parent.
Current statistics indicate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty. In Moray 18.2% of children and young people live in poverty with the figure rising to over 22% in Elgin, Forres and Buckie. In a recent national survey carried out by The Princes Trust and Macquarie, 22% of young people living in poverty believe that no-one cares about them, 26% have never trusted anyone and for 21% no-one has ever said ‘I love you’. This latter figure rises to 54% in young people who have no role model.
Outfit’s holiday breaks are designed to inspire new confidence and give children the chance to have fun, try new things, get involved in outdoor learning, be creative and form positive childhood memories. These holidays will be provided in a residential context with one adult mentor supporting two children throughout the week.
If you work with children on a professional, or voluntary basis, and know of a child who could benefit from one of our holiday and respite breaks then please complete our Referral Form and return it to our Programme Team. If successful, the child’s parent or guardian will then be required to complete a Consent and Medical Form.
Outfit Moray’s holiday and respite breaks wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers, and we’re always looking for more people with specific experience and empathy who really want to make a difference to young lives. If you think you are a positive role model, and you’d like to offer your help with one of our breaks, then please complete our Volunteer Application Form.