The Birmingham Children’s Community Venture (BCCV) was established in 1969 to provide high quality outdoor and residential education for non-privileged primary school children.
BCCV is currently working with 20 schools and approximately 12,000 children in some of Birmingham’s most socially and economically deprived communities. There is strong demand for this programme, which has served the young people of Birmingham so well for the last four decades. Having completed the build and provided the basic equipment so the BCCV could open its doors to pupils and staff the trustees are now seeking funding to expand the experiences of those who visit the new building.
BCCV has been successful in securing funding to re-build its hostel at Merevale, following serious damage by an arson attack in 2005. The building is now complete. Ten years of fund raising raised £250,000 and the donations of £100,000 from member schools has helped to achieve the building of a new hostel (The BrigHouse) which was handed over to the trustees by the builders at the end of November 2015. The BCCV now have a building fit for purpose, modern and robust with suitable basic equipment. As of January 2016 our membership was full and we now have a waiting list of schools wishing to join. The BrigHouse opened its doors to staff and pupils on 12th September 2016 and trustees were pleased to record approximately 2,000 pupils visiting in the first term and the BrigHouse is fully booked during the Spring and Summer Terms 2017.
Having used all available funding to build and equip the building trustees now need to raise £20,000 to assist in offering a range of activities and to extend the experience of all the pupils.
To this end the trustees are seeking sponsors / donors who might wish to assist the BCCV to achieve its target of £20,000 to enrich the experiences of pupils visiting the BrigHouse through the coming years.