Young people from across the UK are being offered a chance to learn how to work with children through a Malvern-based charity this Easter.

From Friday, March 29 to Friday, April 5, people aged between 17-25 years will have the chance to take part in an intensive one-week program organised by The Summer Camps Trust.

The programme will be spearheaded by former teacher and Malvern-resident, Christopher Green MBE.


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Participants will take part in an intense course that will simulate working on a summer camp, which involves 24/7, round-the-clock interaction with children.

Trainees will learn skills, such as how to engage children with games, crafts, songs and riddles.

Conflict resolution, getting the children to sleep, and addressing homesickness will be other areas of focus.

Partakers will be led by experienced camp leaders, who will try to create a supportive and empowering community over the seven days.

The trust advocates for more opportunities for children to enjoy the benefits a well-organised summer camp can provide, in addition to training young people to work in children's residential settings across the UK.

Chaired by its president, Baroness Estelle Morris, the former secretary of state for education, the trust will host the course at the Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre in Herefordshire.

Mr Green said: "Many young leaders themselves say that their training and experience at camp was one of the most rewarding, eye-opening and fun experiences of their lives.

"Students come back year after year to volunteer on summer camps, making new friends for life and learning skills that help them to lead happy and successful lives."

Anyone interested in the course is urged to apply on the charity's website (, with places still remaining.

The charity will cover training costs, but ask for a contribution of £125 to cover the board and lodgings for the week.

The training programme is a good opportunity to add something to your personal statement or CV, and could also be considered as a residential course credit for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.