Project information

Canaan Trips

To enable disadvantaged young people to access new experiences and opportunities to engage in positive activities to lead to development of new aspirations. We will aim to offer 25 life changing places to young people on day trips and residential trips over a 6 month period.

August 2011 - December 2011

Charity information

Canaan Project

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  • Need


    Lack of aspiration in Young People (YP)
    Lack of opportunity in YP
    Lack of self-worth in YP
    Lack of positive adult role models
    Increased Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)


    It will build aspiration by exposing YP to new experiences broadening their horizons leading to further education and employment.
    Opportunities to engage in positive activities (therefore avoiding ASB), experiencing new things gaining valuable life skills to bring back to the often difficult lives.
    Opportunity for the young people to develop their sense of identity and self-confidence through building on existing interests, discovering new skills, developing positive relationships with adults.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable young people, to build positive self-identities.


    » Offer young people Trips that give them the opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and develop affirming relationships with adults

    Success will be young people able to identify positive characteristics and strengths.

    Aim 2

    To enable young people, to access opportunities and develop skills and knowledge.


    » Offer young people the opportunities to experience new activities that lead to new skills and knowledge.

    Success will be young people volunteering themselves for opportunities that are consistent with their identified strengths.

    Aim 3

    To enable young people, to build positive relationships and networks.


    » Trips give young people the opportunity to build relationships with adult leaders and peers in a positive environment.

    Success will be young people having respectful interactions with others, both adults and peers.

    Aim 4

    To empower young people, to develop aspirations and the capacity to fulfil them.


    » Exposure to new experiences and opportunities leads to development of aspiration.

    Success will be young people identifying aspirations – personal, educational, and professional.

  • Impact


    To enable the positive development of young people with a special focus on young people developing aspirations.The Canaan Project keeps records on its: participants (name, gender, age, address, ethnicity, disability); activities/outputs – the tasks carried out to achieve the project’s aims. The project will be evaluated by the project staff against the proposed outcomes – the changes effected in our participants as a result of the project.


    We have completed risk assessments for these Projects in the past. One of the greatest risks is young people dropping out, to stop this happening we work closely with young people in he preparation of these events. We already have a Residential Board, made up of young people that want to go on residential trips and will encourage others to do so. In terms of health and safety, we only attend professional activity centres and we have full insurance for working with young people.


    We have a Website which we update with stories about the work we do. We will send each donor a report containing details of the events and the development of aspirations of young people with pictures to demonstrate the completion of the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,150 Residential + Accreditation This pays for 13 young people for a 3 day 2 night residential with 5 different activities
      £500 Day trip This pays for 12 young people for a educational day trip to an activities centre
      £350 Transport A minibus
  • Background


    The Teviot Estate is in the poorest ward in London in a borough, which also has the highest prevalence of child poverty in the capital. Over 70% of the young people we engage with on a weekly basis are from BAME communities. The area has many complex and acute needs.


    Local young people from the Teviot Estate in Poplar and the immediate area. Aged between 11 - 19. The young people we work with have very limited opportunities to engage in activities that contribute to their personal development and raising their aspirations. Many live their lives within the narrow parameters of the estate and its immediate neighbourhood, and rarely get to explore the rich culture and heritage of the city they live in, or have the chance to visit areas outside of London.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All of our services are optional and voluntary to young people, but over 120 choose to access them each week, and keep returning; they vote with their feet. We have registered about 400 young people in 18 months, and tailor our services to the wants and needs of the young people we meet, and provide a varied and changing programme. We strongly promote young peoples’ volunteering and have trained 10 to do so.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Fawcett - Senior Youth Worker

    James is the Project Manager and Senior Youth Worker in the Project. He will lead on the project, working closely with Fiona.

    Fiona Harriss - Youth And Community Worker

    Fiona will help on this project taking a lead role, especially in respect of leading the volunteers.

Last Residential May 2011

Last Residential May 2011


Will pay for 1 young person for a residential.

‘I have learnt when there is an opportunity don’t back down go for it’

13 Year Old