Children’s Holiday Venture (CHV) is a society of the University of Edinburgh and the UK’s only fully student run charity. We began in 1963 and aim to provide a safe, supportive and fun environment for the children and young people we work with! Our mission is to see each child be unlimited by their socio-economic background and feel confident to reach their full potential, whatever that may be.
Our dedicated team of student volunteers and drivers take children to fun activities that include pottery painting, swimming, trampolining and movie nights! We are always striving to deliver even more fun activities and rely solely on charitable donations from grants and fundraisers to do this.
We work with approximately 120 children between the ages of 8-16. They live in Niddrie, Craigmillar, Bingham, Pilton, Muirhouse and Granton. These are areas noted as having higher levels of unemployment, poorer housing and fewer recreational facilities than the Edinburgh average (OPCS 2001). The children are referred to us by teachers and social workers who feel that CHV can enhance the child’s development in some way.