Design Camp seeks funding as cuts threaten its future

London-based children’s initiative Design Camp is seeking funding, following cuts that look to put the future of the scheme in danger.

Design Camp, which has been running since 2008, is a design and technology summer programme for state school pupils in the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

The scheme allows talented 11-15 year olds to work on design projects outside of the classroom with the help of design professionals and design and technology teachers.

Previous workshops have included designing and building a scooter with product designer Ben Wilson and making instruments with Neil McBride, the designer behind the instruments used in the West End musical Stomp.

Design Camp has previously been supported by local education authorities, schools and institutions, including Latymer Upper School and Royal College of Art.

‘We know from the past three years that just one week working with a design professional and a small group of like-minded friends can have a profound and positive effect on a teenager and can often help shape a direction to their life. It would be a tragedy to see such an opportunity disappear,’ says Design Camp founder David Baker.

Design Camp is approaching individuals and businesses to make up the shortfall in funding.

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