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Young people looking after parents and younger siblings rarely have holidays and miss out on sport, other outdoor activities and, most importantly, social interaction with their own age group. This hands-on project gives them access to an exciting and adventurous environment with new experiences and challenges.

Thanks to a donation from Whirlwind, ten additional young carers will enjoy new experiences and benefit from personal mentoring this year on a residential trip to the Lake District, with exciting activities including gorge walking, canoeing and plunge pooling. These activities help build confidence, self-esteem and skills such as team working and communication, to support young carers in every area of their lives.


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Venture Trust is a Scottish-based UK charity which achieves transformational impact by delivering personal development programmes in the wilderness of Scotland and in communities – challenging people to discover their strengths, explore new ways of thinking and enabling them to see their potential differently.

Our Living Wild programme supports individuals aged 16-30 from chaotic backgrounds who experience multiple disadvantages and are engaged in the criminal justice system. We encourage them to learn the valuable life skills needed to make sustainable life changes, reduce their re-offending, and improve employment prospects.

Funding from The Whirlwind Charitable Trust has contributed to our expanding the Living Wild programme to specifically identify and support young military veterans within the criminal justice system.

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CHICKS provides free, week-long respite breaks in the countryside for some of the UKs most disadvantaged children. CHICKS aims to provide these children with a break full of positivity and excitement, where they can make new friends and create happy childhood memories.

Thanks to a donation from the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, this summer, 80 disadvantaged children will be able to take part in a variety of water-based sports at a local water activities centre as part of their CHICKS experience. These children will be able to enjoy activities such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing, giving them the chance to learn new skills as well as helping the children to realise their potential and increase in confidence. 

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On the 4th October 2016 Hurricane Mathew, a category 4 storm, violently struck Haiti causing significant displacement across the country. Over a period of 4 months, ShelterBox distributed 2,805 Shelter Kits and Non-Food Item kits to affected households in rural communities, supporting over 14,000 people.

Having received a Shelter Kit, beneficiaries have been able to weatherproof temporary structures or make repairs to damaged homes. The materials provided by ShelterBox supported the ongoing recovery of communities. Beneficiary households also received water filters and solar lights which are important for providing immediate improvements to their lives. 

Thanks to the grant from the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, 33 families now have all the tools and materials they need to start rebuilding their lives.