Sevenoaks Road 

Orpington 

Kent 

BR6 9JH 

V Y P
Volunteer Youth Project

 

 

Read all about the 2017 May Walk here
See photos of the 2017 May Walk here


Read all about Charities Supported in 2017


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Read all about the 2016 VYP May Walk
here

See photos of the 2016 May Walk here

Read all about Charities Supported in 2016 here

"My Bolivian Expedition" by Rebecca Fruin

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VYP South Africa Project 2011  :  Annual May Walk  
VYP History   :   What VYP means to me

VYP - What is it?

VYP stands for VOLUNTEER YOUTH PROJECT and that is exactly what it was set up to be.  A fund that supported young people, connected to our circuit, to volunteer for work in the UK and overseas, providing service to others as well as aiding their own personal development.

What does it do?

The VYP Committee raises money each year by organising a sponsored walk.  The money raised was originally given in grants to young people undertaking long and short periods of volunteer work.  However by the late 1980s it became much harder to find placements abroad and it was decided to distribute some of the monies raised to suitable charities.  This evolved into our present system where one third is donated to a nominated overseas charity, one third to local or other UK charity and one third to the VYP Fund.  The charities chosen over the years are those specifically involved in work with young people.

After several independent group trips abroad in the 1980's VYP became involved with the Workcamp organised annually between 1991 and 2009. This involved working on projects in the UK, Germany and Romania along with teams of young people from each country. Unfortunately this work came to a natural end in 2007 (even though a few of our young people continued to join the Workcamp up until 2009) and then we have organised a local project working with under privileged children in 2008 and the trip to South Africa in 2011, which you can read about by following the link above. Other money is allocated in grants to young people who apply for our help.  In recent years this has included people participating in gap year projects, as well as a number of grants being made to members of the uniformed organisations who were raising money to attend international camps and events.  Any young person involved in the church, or who is a member of the uniformed organisations that meet at the church, is eligible to apply to the committee for a grant.  The VYP committee welcomes any suggestions it receives.  It has proved difficult over recent years to find appropriate projects and leadership so if you are interested in being involved in this rewarding work or know of any work we could participate in, the committee would be very pleased to hear from you.  Please contact the committee by e-mail: contact@orpingtonmethodist.org.uk

Charities supported over recent years have been Children in Crisis, the Ace Africa Project, the Martin Friend School in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Matthew Rusike Children’s Home in Zimbabwe, The Door Step School, India, Karabuni Trust, Kenya, Bromley Autistic Trust, ChildLine, The Shaftesbury Society, Cray Children’s Furniture Project, Daisy Chain Children’s Hospice, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Bromley Young Carers and Maypole, plus various VYP projects.

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