HOW WE OPERATE
Young people aged between 12-18 are invited to Oakley Holidays, with invitations made personally by existing participants. Many of the senior leaders and trustees were invited when they themselves were of school age. Oakley Holidays is not a typical adventure or outdoor pursuit activity holiday. Although many of the daily events are centred on sport, we do not undertake so-called 'hazardous' activities such as rock-climbing, canoeing or abseiling.
Some novel games have evolved over the history of the holidays, and many have been adapted to enable people of different abilities and ages to participate and enjoy the challenge of competition, played in a friendly spirit. By creating this environment, participants are able to develop their individual and team skills, and enjoy the activities with everybody else on the holiday, regardless of difference. Moreover, while sport is a fundamental component of our programme, we undertake many other creative, artistic and reflective activities throughout the holiday.
As a responsible organisation, we conduct a risk-assessment on all of our activities, with designated leaders trained in basic first-aid, and qualified life-saving supervision provided for use of the swimming pool. All participants submit a confidential medical form prior to attending the holiday, so leaders are aware of and can respond to special health needs. For details about the range and variety of activities, and the approach we seek to promote, please see our activities section.
All leaders aged over 16 are asked to undertake a DBS check. We provide regular training and support for all people who take on leadership responsibility at our annual conference and before and during each holiday. We monitor the introduction of relevant legislation to ensure we continue to satisfy all statutory requirements in relation to our activities. We maintain and review various policies in the light of statutory requirements and best practice, and we make these freely available upon request.
Parents, guardians and carers of people invited to the holidays are put in touch with a Senior Leader of the organisation who is then able to answer any questions and discuss concerns. Full information about the holidays is provided to all attendees. Names of the trustees are provided on the trustees page. Please do not hesitate to use the contact section on this website if you wish a trustee or local senior leader to contact you at any time.
Our registered charity (Oakley Holidays - Charity No.1093381) and limited company status (Oakley Holidays Limited - Company No. 4487467) can be inspected at the Charity Commission and Companies House respectively, and details are available online (subject to availability of the web sites). More details on our legal status can be found in the legal section.