Learn & Explore
We are planning a summer program for 400 disadvantaged, disabled and SEN children aged 3-8 years from BME communities. The children are from deprived, poor inner-city families and this is a chance for them to see new sights, learn new skills, have new experiences and explore the beautiful world.
July 2015 - August 2015
Up 'N Away
The disadvantaged boys we are targeting live in overcrowded inner city homes and attend underfunded schools. The summer holidays are particularly difficult as there are few near safe appropriate play areas or other interesting activities, and they cannot afford to take them further afield. So those young children are bored, frustrated and inactive, and so are their parents, creating stress and deteriorating family relationships.
The project we are planning will give these young people a safe and secure environment with lots of creative and exciting opportunities, designed to improve their fine and gross motor skills, their social skills and their creativity; a far cry from what they would be enduring at home. They will come home in a good mood full of the exciting experiences they have had during the day, and will feel fulfilled and happy, improving their lives and those of their families and enjoy the summer holidays.
1) To improve the social skills of disadvantaged, disabled and SEN young people
Activities» a) role plays
» b) Team games
» c) offsite trips
» d) social activities
We will give a questionnaire to users, youth leaders and their parents, with before and after questions to evidence the success of our 5 aims.
To improve their gross motor skills
Activities» a) Aerobics and other exercise
» b) running, jumping, climbing activities
» c) soft play
» d) cycling
We will take photographs of the children.
To improve their fine motor skills
Activities» a) crafts, including painting, cutting, sticking
» b) model making
We will use the star outcomes to see the success of each child.
To improve their self-confidence
Activities» a) drama productions and acting
» b) role plays and social activities
» c) succeeding in creating objects
» d) singing and dancing
We will record and give out a cd of the drama activities.
To improve their emotional and mental health
Activities» a) giving them a safe and positive experience
» b) 14 days filled with fun and creative activities
» c) healthy food & drink
» d) opportunities to let off steam
We will lease with social services, local schools and welfare organisations to see if we have achieved our aim.
1) The young people will have improved relationships with their parents/carers and siblings
2) They will have improved gross and fine motor skills
3) They will have improved social skills and lots of new friends
4) They will be healthier and more fit and more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle
5) They will have increased self-esteem and better emotional health
1) Not enough children- previously had a waiting list
2) Too many children- keep a waiting list
3) Not enough staff- already recruiting and a high interest
4) Not enough money- extensive fundraising programme
5) No premises- premises already identified
6) That the children are safe- safe recruitment and DBS checks
7) Accidents to the children- trained first aiders, mobile phones, Health & Safety policy
We will send donors a report of the project, a photo collage of the activities at the end by post/email.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,600 Project Coordinators and admin co-ordinators, staff and administrators for the project £5,000 Volunteers, publicity, p.p&s: Volunteer expenses, advertising, photography, post, phone & stationary £18,000 Food, meals and refreshments: 2 suppers, breakfasts and daily refreshments £8,600 Premises costs & office rent: Rent, cleaning and utilities £10,400 Events, funfair, entertainment Balloon show, animal petting farm & funfair rides £28,800 Coaches: 64 coaches x £450 each £15,600 Entrance fees for four trips Zoo, Diggerland, tree climbing, snow centre, cycling, softplay and farm £8,000 Material and equipment: 400 children x £10 x 2 weeks
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Awards For All £10,000 Guaranteed
The project will take place in London Borough of Hackney, but will target children from Hackney and Haringey. Both boroughs are poor, high on the index of deprivation, and the children we are targeting fit that profile too. Both boroughs lack social housing and enough safe spaces for children to play. Both Boroughs have a more than average percentage of children with no opportunities for them for two weeks during the long summer holidays.
Children from low income families, including physically, emotionally, socially disabled and SEN children. Most of them live in privately rented accommodation which means that they will live overcrowded and with insufficient amenities and are on benefits. They attended community schools with few resources to provide the extracurricular activities that the children crave and need. Their families also lack the resources to give them the experiences that their more fortunate peers take for granted.
Up N’ Away is a relatively new organisation founded in 2012. In its short life it has seen the number of its users rocketing from 50 in its first year to 360 in 2014. This shows its popularity, its success and its relevance to its target group. It is a grassroots organisation and draws on the experience of other local longer established partner organisations.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Mr Mandel is a qualified First Aider, has many years experience in teaching learning disabled children integrating boys at risk back into society.