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We believe that every child deserves to have fun.

Founded in 1982 and granted charity status in 2002, the Exeter College Vacation Project organises holidays for children from deprived background who live in the Oxford area. The children who come on holiday with us are usually Young Carers, have suffered abuse at home, or have otherwise very difficult family backgrounds. We work closely with social service and the Young Carers Project to make sure that we bring the children who we think will most benefit from our project.

Every year, we run two holidays that each take two a group of 16 primary school children accompanied by 8 student leaders away for a week. This great 2:1 ratio means that every child gets lots of attention, and over the week leaders always notice the children’s self-confidence building and social skills improving. We work hard to ensure that the week is packed full of activities and day trips, giving the children the chance to try new hobbies and have fun experiences. In the past, activities have included rock-climbing, pottery painting, bowling, ice-skating, trips to safari parks and theme parks, and an ExVac disco.

The charity is run entirely by students from Exeter College in Oxford: they make up the Executive Committee who fundraise and organise the holidays, and they are the leaders who look after the children on the holiday and make sure everyone has a great time.

The Committee works all year long to raise money for the holidays, which are free for the children, and cost around £9000 each. We host popular fundraising events such as pub quizzes and talent shows, and every year produce an “Exvac Naked Calendar”, encouraging the whole college to get involved! Our external fundraisers work especially hard, since we are heavily reliant on donations and sponsorship in order to make the holiday happen.

Please go to the volunteer and donate pages to find out more about how you can help with this fantastic cause.