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Who We Are

About Us

Our team are passionate about delivering an alternative approach to engaging young people by providing a yearlong Programme Journey at the indoor snow centres in the UK.

The time the young people spend on the slopes with us is further enhanced by life-skills sessions, which have been designed to help them reflect upon the skills they are demonstrating whilst learning to ski or snowboard. In addition to the life-skills learnt, they gain qualifications at each stage of the Programme Journey and we provide mental wellbeing support and work experience and volunteering opportunities. 

Our Story

Snow-Camp Charity was founded by Dan Charlish in 2003. Working as a youth worker on an estate in Stockwell at the time, Dan overheard his group saying, whilst playing a snowboarding X-Box game, that this was the closest they were ever going to get to snowsports.

A snowboarder himself, Dan realised that snowsports could be the mechanism to bring about positive social change for his young people. The shift from inner-city estate to the mountain environment was so extreme, that in itself created a response in young people, widening their horizons and raising their aspirations.  

In 2007, our work evolved from residential trips abroad into a UK based training programme taking place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Many years later and we’re now working with youth projects and youth service providers nationally to target those most in need of our support. 

Our Aims

Engage

youth by providing a young-people-friendly journey of accredited programmes.

Teach

young people the skills they need to raise their aspirations and gain employment.

Improve

levels of accessibility and participation in snowsports for inner-city young people.

Provide

an environment where young people can thrive, develop and have fun.

Connect

youth from a diverse range of backgrounds, who are based in different areas and estates.

Our Objectives

Snow-Camp Charity

Develop Life-Skills

Learning to ski or snowboard requires perseverance, commitment, patience, overcoming fear, teamwork and determination - all essential life-skills for inner-city young people.

Uplift

Support Positive Mental Wellbeing

Provide advice and support to help any young person needing mental health guidance.

Certificates

Provide Qualifications

Young people can gain up to 9 new qualifications and certificates, improving their CVs noticeably.

Teaching

Achieve Positive Change

More young people not in training or employment to participate in targeted work experience and apprenticeships across the snowsports industry and benefit from expert advice.

Snow-Camp Residential

Broaden Horizons

Taking more young people out of the city to an environment where they can thrive can challenge territorial bias, attitudes can be changed and cross-area friendships made. We give young people the opportunity to learn a new sport they would not have access to in a completely new environment, while enabling them to build relationships and experience inclusivity.

Snow-Camp have supported

0 young people since 2003

Our Vision

In 2003, 13 young people boarded a coach to Les2Alpes—the very first Snow-Camp young people. Since then Snow-Camp has grown into something much bigger, a nationally renowned charity providing the highest quality youth work to young people across the country. 

It has always been our vision to reach as many young people as possible and it is with enormous pride that we can officially introduce Snow-Camp as a national charity, making a huge impact. Over the next year our vision is to expand our mental wellbeing programme UpliftWe are now working with the Uplift team to recruit counsellors, doctors, therapists and mental health youth ambassadors nationally so that each Snow-Camp region will have their own local Uplift team. We also hope to expand our Apprenticeship Programme to offer more young people paid employment at Snow-Camp. 

Laquan Circle Website

If I hadn’t got involved with Snow-Camp I would be in a lot of trouble for doing the wrong things with the wrong people. Not because of who I am but because of the influence on the the estates. With no real direction or ambition it’s easy to get sucked into a lifestyle so many people around you are living. Snow-Camp has helped me to have a positive future and now I have a full time job in the snowsports industry!

Laquan Snow-Camp Youth Volunteer
Matt Conroy Circle Website Image

Every young person should get the opportunity to join Snow-Camp – it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s challenging and most importantly, it is tailored expertly for young people from a range of challenging situations and communities, including those affected by gang and knife crime. XLP have been referring young people to Snow-Camp for several years now and we can’t recommend their programmes enough.

Matt Conroy XLP Youth Worker
Hamza

Through Snow-Camp I have gained so many skills that have helped me find employment in the snowsports industry. Now I don't avoid my responsibilities and I love returning to Snow-Camp each year as a volunteer, instructing the new young people joining the charity. I’ve really grown in confidence and I feel like I can take on any task in the future.

Hamza Snow-Camp youth volunteer
Ashleigh Circle Headshot for Website

I have Asperger's Syndrome and a chronic illness called CFS/ME. Snow-Camp has been a life changing opportunity that has completely changed how I see myself and I have learnt that I can push myself further than I ever thought possible. Snow-Camp is a welcome respite from my responsibilities at home, both physically and emotionally. I have discovered a profound passion for snowboarding, and I can’t wait to further develop my skills.

Ashleigh Snow-Camp young person

Our Awards

Volunteer Friendly Award
Not A Red Card Awards
Princess Royal Training Awards
Community Sport and Rec Awards
London Youth Gold Quality Mark
London Youth Silver Quality Mark
Apprenticeship National Award 2015 logo
community sport award logo

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