The Link: HAF Funded Canoe Adventure Day

Prior to booking please read the below:

Our Canoe Adventure Days are a way for your child to be active, outside and to have an adventure- whilst exploring local waterways and lakes; we’re pleased to be working with our good friends at Teesoutdoors to provide this opportunity. These days are for children aged 11-16 years; who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. We will collect children at 10.00am,from Majuba Car Park, Redcar (as the transprot will be towing a canoe trailer stopping outside The Link on the Esplanade will be difficult; we will return them at 4.00pm to the same location.

Please note: staff from The Link will not be available to meet you, please stay with your child until Rewilding has collected them, so we can ensure we have all the details needed prior to them coming with us for the day. Also, your child is still welcome to attend even if they have not attended The Link previously- we are working with them to provide these activities for eligible children in the Redcar and Cleveland area.

‘School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare); this leads to a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families less likely to access organised out-of-school activities; more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health and are more likely to experience social isolation.

 Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people. It also shows they work best when they provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities, when they offer more than just breakfast or lunch, and when they involve children in food preparation’ (Department for Education, 2021).

These places are fully funded for children who receive benefits-related free school meals (see the link above for which benefits are included). Upon booking please indicate which school your child attends and your home postcode- these will be used to confirm eligibility by the local authority. If you have a child in your home who is eligible for free schools meals, and another who isn’t, then they are welcome to attend as 15% of places can be used as such- these are possibly for foster-siblings.

Included within these days is healthy food, including a breakfast upon arrival, fruit and snacks during the day and lunch during the day. Please notify us of any allergies/intolerances, or dietary needs upon booking.

Please discuss with your child the need to maintain social distance, and if possible, please provide them with anti-bacterial hand gel (the hot tap doesn’t work in the woods…); we will also have hand gel available.

The places are equally funded for Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough boroughs; if you live outside of these areas, then unfortunately we are unable to welcome you on these days (but there will be provision in your local authority area, as funding has been made available for every council in the UK)

IMPORTANT NOTE: your child must bring a full change of clothing, a towel and spare footwear; please click the link at point 3 below for a full list of what they need. 

To book, please follow these three steps:

  1. Click the ‘Book Now’ button below and secure your place (you will receive a booking email, please check your spam folder if it does not arrive)
  2. See this link and complete a Participant Information Form including questions 14 and 15 (we need this information when your child is with us, as well as having to report numbers, ages, postcodes of children benefiting from this funding).
  3. See this link for all Activity Information– including suggested clothing


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