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Project information

Smart Club Play days

UBG will provide access to Holiday Play for local children from low income families living in Clapton and Dalston, Hackney. Providing daily play sessions using a combination of 'old school' street games, sports, boardgames, cooking and arts and crafts creating a positive association of the spaces

August 2017 - May 2018

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  • Need


    There is no free holiday play provision for children in these densely populated low income areas, creating an economic divide with newer affluent families. Without an accessible play opportunity (safe and free) young people in these areas will spend their school holidays indoors having a detrimental affect on physical, social, mental development and wellbeing. There is a lack of opportunity for children from diverse backgrounds to learn life skills like cooking, fitness and socialising.


    UBG will provide regular playdays during the school holidays targeting all local children from low income families and from the newer affluent families creating an opportunity for economic integration. Engaging children in learning lifeskills, cooking, fitness and social skills which they can use with their families after the playdays. Playing diverse games from global cultures in a safe environment enables children to learn about each others lifestyles, food and find the shared commonalities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Encourage healthy lifestyles, fresh air, exercise and healthy activities and learn cooking skills.


    » Introduce children to new, fun team sports and learning how to play together harmoniously practicing physical, communication and negotiation skills.
    » Developing awareness and skills to cook healthy food using some ingredients from the garden and foraging.

    What success will look like

    Success will be recorded in the attendance for each session, observation of skills development by UBG facilitators, feedback from young people and families about playing together.

    Aim 2

    Inclusion and interaction, playing and learning about different abilities, languages and cultures


    » Playing board games from around the world creating play situations to practice life skills like bargaining, negotiating, planning and decision making.
    » The playdays offer a range of children led activities to interact and learn about each other’s cultures and languages in a relaxed and playful way.

    What success will look like

    Observation of interaction and friendship between children from diverse backgrounds. Feedback from parents about any changes they've noticed and annual repeat attendance.

  • Impact


    The project will enable local children to spend their holidays outdoors, taking more ownership of their area, beginning to eat more healthy and see older young people returning as volunteers. UBG will evaluate the project by compiling a report containing: feedback from participants and their parents, photographs of positive interaction, comments from local businesses and organisations to create an overview of how positive play has impacted on local children and the play space.


    As an outdoor project rain might hinder play but we have contingency plans in place with gazebos and agreed use of indoor space in the local library. Not reaching children from low income families could be a risk but we will market the playdays through all the local schools, local free press, UBG's mailing list to previous attendees, Housing Association newsletters, Dalston Children's Network (UBG are members), Hackney Libraries and local flyers and posters to reach far and wide.


    UBG will provide our donors with a copy of the project report so they can fully appreciate the beneficial effect play has on a community. We will also post selected photos on twitter and facebook.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Play sessions experienced play facilitators to run sessions
      £650 Materials sports equipment, ingredients, arts and crafts materials, new games.
      £650 Marketing print, design,distribution
      £750 Admin costs to cover organisational admin
      £950 Evaluation collating and collecting feedback report
  • Background


    Our project will run in 2 locations to reach more children in Hackney.
    1. Robin Hood Community Garden, Big Hill, E5 a community run organisation which is developing into a hub for local young people and families.
    2. Gillett Square ,N16 is a new public square sandwiched between housing for new affluent families and existing low income families.


    End Child Poverty lists Hackney as the most deprived borough in London, with 67% of children living in low income families (41% of those being out of work). The children who attend the play days all live in the local E5 and E8 areas which is 95 % social housing in blocks of flats. RSPB research shows that 80% of C&YP are disconnected from nature, which is having a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health. Migrants 25% of hackneys population, learning English vital to integration.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Many of UBG's projects are run in Hackney so we have an intimate knowledge of local needs and diversity. All our projects evolve from feedback and input from local people and organisations. UBG have run successful holiday play provision in previous years from which we've built up a keen following of children and families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vicky Whyte

    Vicky has 20 years experience of play and youth work and for the last 10 years has delivered game workshops to diverse groups of Londoners.


will pay for a days activities for 25 children

Everybody is very kind and helpful. there are many activities to play with and its so fun.