• Mark Gash

adaptiVLE takes charity kids camp online

Skipton-based online training developers, adaptiVLE, have been appointed by children's charity, Over The Wall, to create an online activity camp for seriously ill youngsters. Over The Wall helps children, young people and their families reach beyond the boundaries of serious illness to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. The charity has been hit hard by the social distancing measures introduced to combat COVID19, with the cancellation of all of their 2020 camps leaving children and families further isolated. 

 adaptiVLE plan to convert the camp into an online experience, with digital versions of some of the activities the children would normally participate in. Named 'Camp in the Cloud', it will offer a virtual world to explore, twinned with video-conference team events and real-world resource packs couriered to the children. By bringing these elements together into a blended experience, it is hoped that the online camp will retain the social interaction of the real-world equivalent. 
 Natalie Marshall, Director of Services at Over The Wall, said: "We're very excited to be working with adaptiVLE to help deliver camps virtually. Our camps are all about building resilience, encouraging campers to see past perceived limitations and reaching for their goals, and in many ways, the pandemic is making us live true to our words by moving our entire camp programme online. We're thankful to adaptiVLE for their vision and our funders and donors for making this possible." adaptiVLE Managing Director, Lewis Carr, said, “It’s amazing to be able to do something that is a direct response to the problems the world is currently facing and for such a worthwhile cause. Our team are working from home themselves, so we’re all excited to be playing in a virtual activity camp, especially as it’s something that hasn’t been built before.” 
 Over The Wall have just launched an emergency fundraising campaign to try and weather the financial storm that coronavirus has wreaked across the charity sector. The money they hope to raise will ensure they can continue to deliver the much-needed camps for children with serious illness, after the pandemic is over, as well as raise funds for the activity packs to be sent to children. Visit otw.org.uk/emergency-appeal for more information on how you can help the charity.

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