Arches Local Funding Panel held its first funding panel meeting on the 7th of March to discuss applications one was from Copperhouse CIO.  Their Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was created to provide expeditions and training to schools and youth groups (centers), as well as developing an ongoing strategy for outdoor activity/adventure for residents in Medway.

Their funding request was successful for via engagement events, activities, and away days’ help influence how local young people and their families, who may not traditionally access outdoor activities might be actively encouraged to be involved. With the main focus of introducing outdoor activities to a large number of young people, with particular focus on the Duke of Edinburgh award in Medway. Offering opportunities demonstrating to both the child and parents that cost should not preclude any individual from participation.

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In September 2016 Copperhouse delivered there first outdoor activity event for over 160 year 4 and 5 Luton Junior School children at our pocket park in partnership with Tesco “Farm to Fork” and Medway Council Public Health. It was fabulous 2 days activities include map reading, shelter building, team games, and healthy eating advice. Every child that attended received a Bronze National Navigation Award certificate a national recognized qualification.

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