Financial help is available for those who cannot otherwise afford to come to CYE with most places going to those aged 6 to 18 years.
A small group of Trustees consider each application with regard to the potential benefit at both personal and spiritual levels, as well as the benefit to CYE. We give particular consideration to situations where financial hardship is a factor.
As with all charities, funds are limited. The applicant will normally be expected to contribute at least half of the cost of activities and training, and occasionally (by prior arrangement) an application may be made on behalf of a group.
Why is the bursary so important? Read on….
Below is a testimony from St. John’s Church of England School in Shirley, Croydon, dated November 2014. St John’s School bring their Year 6 children to CYE every year in July.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the financial support you provided last year for some of our pupils as this enabled them to participate in the residential visits alongside their peers.
Without your help, some of our families would not have been able to send their child on this visit or they would have struggled significantly in order to give their child this opportunity.
We are extremely grateful for your continued help though your bursary fund which has benefited these pupils immensely.
We have been coming to CYE for 3 years now and every time we visit the children return home with many priceless memories from all the amazing experiences they have enjoyed. We are always completely impressed by the welcome, care and professionalism of the whole team at CYE and wanted you to be aware of our appreciation. Our current Year 6 are already talking about what they are looking forward to in July’.
Making a real difference to young people….
Liam was 11 years old when he attended CYE with his school in June 2014. He then joined us for the ‘Ignite Summer Camp’ in August 2014. Liam is one of 4 children whose mother is disabled. He has been a registered young carer for 4 years. Liam’s home life is unsettling and he has many concerns and worries over his mother’s health. He has severe emotional and behavioural issues. The school has worked hard to raise his sense of self-worth, as well as his confidence and self-esteem, and he has been supported by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for a year. It was felt by his mother, and his school, that Liam would benefit from attending both events with the Summer Camp, in particular, giving him an additional boost before making a fresh start at Secondary School in September. Without a bursary, Liam’s mother would not have been able to afford the visits.
Liam was able to attend due to the Trustees of CYE awarding him funding to cover 50% of the school visit and 40% for the camp.
This is the letter received, shortly after Liam attended the summer camp, from Liam’s mother:
‘Hi all at CYE,
Liam wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help, guidance and fun that he received whilst with you. Liam would also like to thank Ben for his Bible and would like to let you all know that he has had a good start to secondary school, and he would like to join you again next summer’
Liam on Summer Camp 2014