#HELP100 is a campaign to enrich the lives of 100 of Bristol’s disadvantaged children, with 100 hours of exciting, fun and stimulating holiday programmes. 

Almost half of children in the UK have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) and one in 10 have experienced four or more. The holiday programmes funded by the #HELP100 campaign will be specifically targeted at children who have experienced or are experiencing one ACE or more. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful events occurring in childhood. These events are often remembered for life and can have a detrimental effect on a child’s physical and mental health, even later in life. Below are some examples of ACEs that children who will attend these holiday programmes will have/will be experiencing.

  • Pupil premium funded children 
  • Children affected by domestic abuse
  • Children affected by sexual abuse 
  • Children currently on a Child Protection plan (CP plan)
  • Looked after children 
  • Young Carers 
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Children affected by Mental Health (directly or indirectly) 
  • Siblings of children affected by any of the above



We have 7 years of experience working with the disadvantaged children in our communities, because of this we have strong relationships with many agencies and schools who we work together with to ensure children are as protected and nurtured as possible. 

By taking part in our stimulating and creative activities, children are able to develop better communication and social skills – and are given an opportunity to express themselves. Having increased confidence and self-worth can help tackle low self esteem, which often occurs in vulnerable young people.   

Making new friends and having new experiences can really help broaden young people’s horizons, showing them that there are many different opportunities in life and many alternative paths they can follow. Often making new friends from different schools can be very healthy for marginalised young people when breaking stereotypes and relieving prejudices. 

All of the activities that the young people take part in are accessible and designed for all abilities. This, coupled with the leaders excellent behaviour management skills and compassion, creates a safe and stimulating space for children to enjoy and flourish in.