CASE has inherited 15 years expertise in organising free recreational and educational events for children from disadvantaged families. In times of austerity, many children in Brighton and Hove miss the great opportunity to have experiences that other children have for granted – to explore nature, technology, history, or see a play in a theatre… CASE want to give children this opportunity.
Every year, our enthusiastic Events Team does its best to propose new and exciting places, although some of our outings have been so successful that families come and ask us to take them again to places they have visited already, and loved!
Recent events: our annual Christmas Party for children from Brighton and Hove, 15 December 2018:
Our events through the years
CASE Central’s events for children have so far included:
Summer and Educational Events
CASE Central has established an ongoing programme of educational events and outings, aiming at making children develop an interest in nature, science and technology.
So far we have taken children to the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, the Observatory and Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Kew Garden’s Wakehurst Place (to visit the Millennium Seed Bank), Drusillas Park and Zoo, Bentley Wildfowl Farm and The Bluebell Railway. CASE Central has also recently liaised with the Brighton Science Festival to bring science to children in Hollingdean. To know more about these interesting places and organisations, please click on their links.
These events are not only educational, but also, of course, recreational: we offer days of fun to families who would not otherwise afford such experience. At times of benefit cuts, wage freeze, rent and fuel costs rises, when many families have to choose between ‘eating or heating’, a special day out can often be just unaffordable. Our outings are, as well, a great occasion for our adult and young guests to make new friends!
For photos and reports on our most recent outings and events, please click on the following links:
- The Pocket Science Festival (17 March 2018)
- Drusillas Park (23 August 2017)
- Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre (9 August 2017)
- The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (26 July 2017)
- The Observatory and Science Centre at Herstmonceux (16 February 2017).
Christmas outings to Panto
The magic Christmas experience that a Panto only can give to children is often inaccessible to many families in the present economic situation.
CASE Central has continued to offer outings to parents ans children to two Pantomimes during the Christmas season. Our outings are free and will include the travel to theatres, free admission, a meal and refreshments. In the last few years we have taken our young guests to Worthing and Eastbourne Theatres, who are renown for their professional and amusing performances. This last Christmas 2017 we maintained our tradition, taking children to see Snow White in Worthing and Dick Whittington in Eastbourne. For a full report and some photos from the events click here.
A Christmas Party for children of families on low incomes
Our Christmas Parties are waited for by many families. At our annual party, our young guests enjoy plenty of entertainments, including the show of a magician, a Punch and Judy show, and disco music. We also offer them a Christmas dinner, and a present each from Santa. We will never forget when, at the end of our Christmas Party in 2016, one of the parents told us that this was their children’s first Christmas Party ever! We felt sad, because these children had never had a Christmas Party or a present before, but also proud. Our hard work is necessary, and this is rewarding, and we thank many donors for contributing to make our Christmas Parties possible every year.
Other seasonal events in Hollingdean
These events aim at encouraging a community spirit among the locals in Hollingdean.
They have included a Hounded Office on Halloween 2015, 2016 and 2017, Bonfire Night Barbecues, and Annual Dog Shows in the park nearby.
These events have been organised by CASE Central in active collaboration with people in Hollingdean – neighbours, adult children and friends of our volunteers, local dog walkers, etc. and have been supported by local businesses. We feel that these events have encouraged people’s active involvement with us and have promoted our image in the area. So far, these events have been organised without special funds from charitable trusts and we have counted on the contribution from local people and local shops. For this reason, we can only organise them when we can count on this voluntary help and support.
Outings for children of refugees and migrant families
When funds are available, we have also organised outings for children of refugees and migrant families. These outings have aimed at encouraging social integration, and the demolition of barriers caused by prejudice.
Among the outings, we have included a residential weekend to dream holiday places, such as Lulworth Cove (Refugees Outings 2015 and 2016).
Unfortunately, the recent refugee crisis has made funds for this kind of events more difficult to receive, as money is needed for more urgent help in places like Calais. In 2016 we had to suspend our holidays for refugees. We are now developing new educational ideas, especially aimed at migrant workers from the EU on low incomes.
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