Our tenth Annual Support camp for children and young people living with HIV, took place from July 30th - August 3rd 2019. We had 79 children and young people coming together from across the UK and Ireland to attend the event. We had a volunteer team of 31, over half of whom are also living with HIV.
Since the first camp in 2010, we have run ‘Freedom To Be’ annually. The camp sees young people aged between 11-16 travel from all over the UK and Ireland come together for 5 days. Everyone who attends is HIV positive. During camp, there are mandatory workshops on issues related to growing up and living well with HIV, creative and outdoor activities which encourage expression and sharing this experience, as well as free time to build friendships.
One young person who attended camp in 2018 said:
"For me camp was a place to get to know other people my age living with HIV like myself, but then it was a great way for me to have fun with out thinking about it. But apart from talking about HIV there was loads of challenges during activities like climbing & loads of team work skills. We also had workshops where people told their stories and it made some people closer and it was quite upsetting for some. Overall it was a great experience and I would go again next year deffo!"