The Caravan Project
This week’s bulletin profiles a new member of Glasgow SEN, The Caravan Project (TCP). TCP is the trading name of Drumchapel Caravan Project, a co-operative in North Glasgow that provides respite holidays to 60 families in poverty and living in the north west of Glasgow. They currently own two caravans in the Berwick-Upon-Tweed holiday park where, last year, over 200 people benefitted from their service. One of their caravans has been designed for people with mobility issues or a physical disability. The caravans are available from March-Sept – and you can book now.
In 2004, Drumchapel Caravan Project (DCP) was born. With funding provided by the Lottery, an administrator and a driver were recruited, two new caravans purchased and the group was set up as an independent organisation and service level agreement signed with the Glasgow Volunteer Centre.
During this time, DCP ran a number of successful initiatives including: free fruit and veg, oral hygiene packs, home safety information and an educational library within the caravans. The group also became a charity in 2008 and secured funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland to cover some of the project costs once Lottery Funding came to an end.
In recognition of the deteriorating condition of their caravans, the need to raise funds and the even greater challenges families faced as a result of the economic down-turn, trustees decided to take action.
A fundraising campaign was launched in 2011 and £80,000 from a range of sourced was raised to purchase two new holiday homes. A new constitution was adopted and revenue funding from Glasgow Housing Association enabled Trustees to not only reduce the cost of holidays but also to support families from outwith Drumchapel.
At their first AGM as a co-operative, the Trustees unanimously decided to adopt The Caravan Project as its new trading name.
For further information, contact:
The Caravan Project
195D Drumry Road East
Tel: 0141 944 4383
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