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Project information

Love to Learn's Summer Holiday Club

A full Summer Club of activities & trips for approx. 200 refugee children living in poverty in South London.

July 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: The Katherine Low Settlement Limited

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  • Need


    Refugee children struggle to get their homework done as their parents don't speak much English and can't give them support. They also don't access many social/educational activities and rarely go on holiday. This means they miss out on childhood experiences and have low levels of English. Children we work with live in poverty, overcrowded housing, single parent families. They are underachieving at school and have low confidence and self-esteem.


    We provide weekly homework and activities club for refugee children and trips during the holidays (18 trips/activities in summer 2018). During the term children get their homework done and during the holidays it means children have access to a range of fun, engaging and sometimes challenging childhood experiences like camping, residentials, sports, cooking, music, drama activities. Children improve their learning skills, confidence and English, and also have fun and make new friends.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help refugee children feel more confident, gain social skills and make new friends.


    » A summer holiday programme with at least 15 fun and creative activities incl. sports, music, arts & crafts, trips, outings, camping & residentials.

    What success will look like

    Attendance registers
    Progress logs for children
    Reports from staff, parents, teachers, children and volunteers
    Monitoring forms

  • Impact


    Refugee children will improve learning and social skills, grow in confidence, get more homework done and do better at school.
    Refugee parents will have access to our other services including education advocacy, parent workshops etc. and will learn more about the UK school system and improve home-school liaison.
    Volunteers will learn more about refugee issues which will help to improve community cohesion.
    We demonstrate this through monitoring forms and regular evaluation feedback & reporting.


    Possible risks:
    Staff turn-over
    Financial viability
    Availability of venue

    Staff turn-over is very low and we have excellent long-term volunteers working with us.
    Love to Learn Homework Club has secured BBC Children in Need funding until 2021 which means we are financially viable, but still need further funding to run Club during the Holidays.
    Love to Learn is a project of Katherine Low Settlement, a charity established in 1924.


    We will produce an evaluation report with case studies, quotes and photos (we can also provide short films) which will include an analysis of our monitoring forms and feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Summer club staff Providing a summer club with social & educational activities & trips during summer 2019

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Children in Need £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Love to Learn's Homework & Activities club takes place at Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea, London (Borough of Wandsworth). Although Battersea has some extremely wealthy residents, it also has some large council estates with communities of refugees from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. It is children from these families who attend our homework & activities club.


    Children from refugee backgrounds (e.g. Somali, Eritrean, Iraqi, Iranian, Afghan, Rwandan, Sudanese etc.) will benefit. We prioritise children who are newly-arrived, unaccompanied, do not speak English, are behind at school or whose families have suffered bereavement or trauma. All the refugee children we work with are in poverty, live in poor housing and face multiple disadvantage. We work with children aged from 5 to 15.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in the local area that provides a homework & activities club for refugee children and we have been running clubs for over 14 years. We have experienced and knowledgable staff and trustees, and we work with over 100 volunteers. We work in close partnership with schools, refugee community groups, statutory agencies and parents. We also already have matchfunding to run the club, so this grant will enable us to expand and add value to an operational programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Aaron Barbour

    Director, Katherine Low Settlement Leadership, strategic management, governance, fundraising, financial management, policy, partnerships

    Nadine Ballantyne

    Homework Club Co-ordinator Planning and delivering homework club, managing and training club volunteers, planning holiday trips and activities

    Fleur Anderson

    Head of Community Services, KLS Strategic and direct management of all KLS projects and services, fundraising, monitoring, safeguarding

    Ben Thomas

    Chair of trustees

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"I cannot help my children with the homework. I cannot read or write in English. I want to help them but I can't do it. And we don't have a computer at home." (translated from Tigrinya)

Refugee parent