Project information

Summer Blitz

Summer Blitz is an amazing 4 week summer programme for 150 young people aged 12-16 from disadvantaged backgrounds in South London. It provides a huge range of positive activities including dance, drama, music, art, media, ice skating, zorbing, football, basketball & volleyball, London trips and more

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Reaching Higher

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  • Need


    Young people in disadvantaged communities often struggle with low self-esteem and a lack of positive opportunities. This places them at risk of making negative choices, getting into trouble with the police and going on a downward spiral. This is a particular issue over the summer holiday where funding cuts mean opportunities for young people are very limited. This project will engage young people who are the most vulnerable including those from ethnic minorities and looked after children.


    Young people from disadvantage backgrounds will be able to engage in a range of positive activities keeping them healthy and involved in positive activities over the holidays.
    The project will particularly help young people learn new skills, develop self-esteem and team building and build their confidence whilst also ensuring they have a safe and very fun summer. It will tackle issues of gang culture and unite the community.

    Young people will be able to access a healthy lunch each day

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing young people with positive activities to engage in over the summer


    » Creative Art workshops including dance, drama, music
    » Sports including football, netball, basketball and volleyball
    » Workshops such as jewellery making, cooking and media
    » Trips including Go Ape, ice skating, a treasure hunt and zorbing

    What success will look like

    Attendance during the scheme which will be measured daily for each child. Also a youth questionnaire at the end to feedback on how the project has helped keep them out of trouble

    Aim 2

    Developing positive relationships for young people to come together and to gain mentor support


    » Building relationships through activities with our team of leaders who will be able to continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.
    » Provide a safe environment for young people to get together, breaking down territorial boundaries between estates and bringing the community together

    What success will look like

    Feedback through the final questionnaire will show new relationships as well as new young people signing up for our regular clubs and mentoring programmes we offer 52 weeks a year

    Aim 3

    Developing life skills with young people which can help them in independent living


    » cookery classes teaching young people how to cook - this will teach young people how to prepare simple dishes - a key skill for those in care
    » Developing communication and team working skills through group activities, challenges and team tasks.
    » Developing confidence and leadership skill by giving young people the chance to take on leadership of group work and break out work

    What success will look like

    We will measure the number of young people learning how to cook and gaining independent skills such as getting around London on public transport and budgeting for tasks.

    Aim 4

    Building self esteem and confidence in themselves making them less vulnerable to exploitation


    » We will run a showcase at the end where young people will perform to 400 people.
    » young people will be in an affirming environment where they can develop their confidence in doing new activities.

    What success will look like

    Participation in our showcase especially those who are new to it. Our questionnaire will also include questions on how the project has developed their self esteem.

    Aim 5

    Providing volunteering opportunities for young people age 16-21


    » Young people over 16 will be encouraged to volunteer This will be accredited through ASDAN providing valuable work experience for future employment

    What success will look like

    Numbers of young people volunteering and gaining an ASDAN. Also stories of young people who are able to go on and find a job or get into university through the experience.

  • Impact


    Young people better equipped to succeed through new life skills, greater self esteem and access to positive networks of support. We will feedback stories from the programme and liase with agencies such as schools, social services and the police.

    Growth in engagement by young people in the local community through greater participation in positive activities and by stories of young people being more involved in community through our links with the police and local government.


    Failure to secure an appropriate venue and failure to succeed in gaining volunteers. We have already approached our team of volunteers to begin the process of preparation and we have booked the key venues in advance for the project.


    We will send updates during the project plus all donors will be able to read a special report on summer blitz we will be produced. PLUS any donors are invited to free VIP tickets to the final showcase event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Team Building Trips Taking 100 young people on team building excursions to Thorpe Park, London, Ice Skating
      £7,000 Staffing Staffing costs for a team of 12 workers for the 4 week programme
      £1,000 Showcase Providing a showcase for 500 people from the community
      £750 Sports Workshops Holding six Sports sessions for up to 100 young people in football, volleyball, netball and more
      £750 Creative Arts Sessions Holding twelve creative arts sessions including dance, drama and music
      £1,250 Life Skills Holding six life skill sessions including cookery
      £1,000 Volunteer Costs and food Volunteer expenses including travel and lunch. Also food for young people to be provided.
      £1,250 Admin and Postage Communicating with 100+ families, print outs and advertising
  • Background


    The project will be run from a primary base in South Norwood, Croydon. South Norwood is in the bottom 15% of urban deprivation for the UK. Knife crime is prevalent. Although Croydon has the most children and young people of all London Boroughs, due to funding cuts there is limited summer provision. Croydon was badly affected by the riots in 2011 and this means parents are desperate for well organised safe projects to engage their young people in.


    Young people who are the most vulnerable to gang affiliation, negative influences and bullying. We will work with 90% BME young people many of single parent families in a community which is in the bottom 15% of national deprivation statistics and the bottom 3% for crime. 1 in 3 children locally liven in poverty. We will work with 20% looked after children and 15% young people who have some form of special educational needs such as ADHD and mild autism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have run similar summer programmes for over 100 young people for the last seven years in Croydon and have a track record of delivering excellence. These projects have been visited and received excellent feedback and past funding from: BBC Children in Need, The Croydon Met Police, Croydon Council Executive Board, the Rank Foundation. We have a network of schools,agencies and families who trust our work and have already begun contacting us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Hobbs

    CEO - Mark has worked in the local community for 15 years, founding the charity. Also a qualified accountant, Mark will manage the budget and plan.

    Bukola Garry

    Project Manager. Buki is an experienced project manager with 4 years sector experience of running similar projects.

    Jordan Ignatius

    Sports Lead. Jordan is a Level 2 FA qualified football coach who is a full time youth worker

    Chris Gaisie

    Performing Arts Lead. Chris is an experienced PM who runs the performing arts project the Outlet during the year.

Young people talk about last year's project


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