Project information

Inspire a London Child

Our 'Inspire a London Child' project gives inner-city families new opportunities through weekend trips with children and volunteers.

We want London's children to have more choices in their futures.

We want to build stronger and wider communities.

Together we can close the inequality gap.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: The Apples & Pears Foundation

The Apples & Pears Foundation logo
  • Need


    Apples & Pears started in 2012 after the London riots in response to education funding cuts. Recently more cuts and socio-economic issues have made it harder for London's poorest children to access learning opportunities outside school.

    We’ve also found that often children don’t have chance to mix with adults from different backgrounds and cultures.

    There’s a need for projects to enable children to use extra-curricular activities and broad networks as an effective route out of poverty.


    Our project will provide over 25 weekend activities for families and volunteers.

    The activities empower them to access London’s cultural and educational opportunities. The trips allow families to make new experiences and try new activities. Volunteers are working professionals who may be from other communities and backgrounds – expanding families’ networks.

    The long term impact is developing children’s learning and encouraging them to pursue new interests on their own in future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable inner city families to take weekend trips with their children and Apples & Pears' volunteers.


    » Fund approximately 28 weekend trips and activities for families across 2017/2018.
    » Work in partnership with schools to schedule weekend trips which bring education to life and give children unique learning experiences.
    » Use our 400+ volunteer pool to help children build networks and meet a wide range of professionals.
    » Work with our partners to plan trips to ensure a breadth of activities and good value for money.

    What success will look like

    Success will be scheduling over 25 weekend trips in 2017 with an average of 15 families on each trip and between two and four volunteers.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the decline in out-of-school learning opportunities for London's poorest children by providing access to activities that enliven teaching, build confidence and introduce new experiences.

    We will demonstrate success by recording the number of activities, participants and volunteers. We will also measure success through qualitative research and feedback from the schools, charities, families and volunteers we work with.


    There is a risk that volunteers may drop out at short notice. However, we have an extensive list of volunteers including people who can be contacted at short notice to replace any drop outs.

    There’s a risk that schools may decide to prioritise other projects which don’t involve staff volunteering at weekends. However, this is unlikely to happen as the schools we work with find the weekend trips incredibly valuable and in fact the demand for trips is higher than we are able to meet.


    We will provide regular updates on the project via our email newsletter, social media output and website blog.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 School 1 (Tower Hamlets) 12-15 trips/activities (approximately GBP 178 per trip)
      £2,500 School 2 (Tower Hamlets) 12-15 trips/activities (approximately GBP 178 per trip)
  • Background


    Our partner schools are based in Tower Hamlets. However, the impact of 'Inspire a London child' will be felt beyond these areas by opening up many new parts of London to the children and their families as we enable them to explore new parts of the city.

    We will introduce families to cultural experiences all over London for example, The Natural History Museum, Cutty Sark, Olympic Park, and a Canoeing and Paradise Wildlife Park.


    Children and their families will be the primary beneficiaries of the project. However, the funds will also support the local organisations which we visit, for example, community centres, theatres, city farms, heritage sites and museums. Volunteers and teachers will also benefit through developing a better understanding of the communities they live and work in.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over 4 years, we’ve built strong relationships with local schools and developed a project that addresses inequality issues facing pupils who lack the opportunity to enrich their learning by exploring new parts of the city and meet volunteers. We have also developed a strong volunteer network to supplement the project.

    Apples & Pears is entirely volunteer led with a range of pro bono partners meaning that 100 percent of donations will be used to fund trips, not spent on operational costs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Khawar Malik, CEO

    Khawar is our Chief Executive and works closely with the schools, corporates and service provides to ensure the project is well structured.

    Alex Lee, Programme Director

    Alex is our Programme Director and manages our volunteer cohort ensuring the schools have ample support at a practical level to run the activities.

    Alison Jones, Advisory Board Member

    Alison runs our trips at what was our first school in Tower Hamlets. We work closely with her to develop trip content and work out effective costings.


will enable a child to go on a trip

The trips have been cool because I get to spend more time with my Dad.

Pupil, Aged 6