Project information

Residential Empowerment Week

An exciting and fun 5 day residential project over the Easter Holiday to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in loads of positive workshops, sports and activities building self esteem, developing life skills and equipping them to face their future and make their mark.

April 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: Reaching Higher

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  • Need


    We work with young people from high deprivation areas across S London. Young people in disadvantaged communities often struggle with low self-esteem, a lack of positive opportunities and no positive role models. This places them at risk of making negative choices, getting into trouble with the police and anti-social behaviour. This risk increases during school holidays as there are limited free or affordable activities and families from these communities cannot afford to go on holiday.


    This project offers young people from London's disadvantaged communities the opportunity to engage with positive & fun activities, many of which they would never have experienced before. We offer a range of workshops on, life skills, creative arts and sports. On returning we will offer the opportunity to pair with trained mentors who can work with the young people post camp to achieve a series of SMART goals and help the young people make more informed decisions about their future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise self esteem


    » Creative workshops - we focus on performance and creative arts as a platform for young people to express themselves.

    What success will look like

    Scale questionnaire - we will compare the young persons perception of themselves at the start and at the end of the project so they can see where they've made positive improvements

    Aim 2

    Develop life skills


    » Lifeskill seminars - we explore topics such as conflict resolution, money management, CV and interview skills and overcoming adversity.

    What success will look like

    Questionnaire - we will ask young people about the new skills they have learned. We will use personal development plans to help apply these skills to their lives moving forward.

    Aim 3

    Reduce risk of offending


    » Mentoring - we will pair a young person to a mentor for 1:1 support based on a range of criteria such as interests,hobbies and background.

    What success will look like

    Incident reports – young people will report a significant decrease in negative incidences that require police intervention while on site. They will also actively engage in sessions

  • Impact


    Engagement - we will continue to engage young people in positive activities within the community. They will have access to creative and performance arts workshops as well as sports and tailored life skill session exploring relevant needs. Keeping young people engaged means building relationships, further supported by a 1:1 mentor (role model) as well as encouraging positive peer to peer relationships. Success will be demonstrated as more confident young people wanting to be contributing citizens


    Finances for young people - the young people we work with come from low income families therefore often miss out on the same opportunities as other young people to be positively engaged in projects like this By bringing this project to the Big Give we believe that donors will ensure that as many young people as possible will be able to attend in 2015.


    Newsletter - we will send a newsletter out to all our donors reporting on all the work achieved during the project and how their donations have helped to make it happen. We will include photos and video testimonials from the young people talking about the impact the project has made on them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Accomodation Fully inclusive accommodation including activities and workshops
      £1,500 Sports and Activities Archery,canoeing,abseiling, football,basketball, music,dance,drama, creative workshops showcase
      £1,500 Transport Coach transportation
      £2,000 Art workshops Performing arts workshops for 130 young people

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Ascent Fostering £7,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Whitemoor Lakes is an outstanding activity centre in Staffordshire. Running the project outside of London is important as it creates separation from a lot of issues and negative experiences as well as challenging the familiar and experiencing something new. There is an outdoor activity space offering canoeing, sailing, zip wires and various climbing obstacles. All of these activities are things the young people would not have previously been exposed to and provides them with a new, fun challenge


    We work with 13-18 year old disadvantage young people, the majority are from BME communities, single parent families or in care. The majority of our target are from an area in Croydon that is in the lowest 15% deprivation in the UK. In 2011 Croydon was one of the area badly affected by the riots leaving a negative stigma about young people from this area. Croydon has the highest amount of young people than any other UK borough however have still suffered from significant cuts to youth services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a strong track record for effective youth work seen in the number of young people we engage and retain over long periods of time. Many of our current volunteers are young people who in the past, have accessed our service and made significant improvements in their lives. We focus on relationships and understand how important it is to get to know the young people we work with to then see change and improvement. We also encourage positive peer to peer relationships.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Hobbs

    As project Manager Mark’s responsibility will be to create and manage a programme that tackles the key issues of our target.