Project information

iCAN (invigorating Children with Additional Needs)

'iCAN' will provide fun, enriching sport, art and recreational activities for 160 disabled children and teens (moderate/high needs) aged 0-19. Children will choose one or more of weekly: swimming, horse-riding, ice-skating, cycling, music and exercise, with the support of 160 local volunteers

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Step By Step London

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  • Need


    Our children/young people face multiple disadvantages:
    1. They face a range of moderate/severe disabilities, and require high levels of support (1:1 or 1:2) to participate in sports/recreational activities.
    2. The majority of our children are from London boroughs of Hackney and Haringey, facing high levels of deprivation. Parents of disabled children face additional financial pressures.
    3. Disabled children grapple with low self-esteem and isolation as well as poor physical health.


    We will give 130 disabled children a choice of daily after-school sports and leisure activities that will have the following impact:
    1.We will provide 1:1 volunteer support to enable each child to achieve their potential.
    2.Our children will gain skills and improve their fitness and physical health.
    3.Users will enjoy a sense of fulfilment and pride as they celebrate successes and demonstrate new sporting skills.
    4.Users will develop relationships with other children and volunteers

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    160 users' physical health will be improved by partaking in sports, arts and physical activity.


    » Our qualified instructors will set individual targets at our range of sports sessions and will monitor improvement . Certificates will be awarded.
    » Users will increase their physical activity by at least an hour a week, in line with Department for Health's Start Active, Stay Active guidelines.
    » They will also bolster their mobility, allowing them to join in family activities and leaving them more able to dress and feed independently.
    » Sporting skills such as swimming or cycling can also be employed outside the Step by Step setting, thus helping to ensure users' future health.

    What success will look like

    At all sessions, targets are set and monitored by instructors and carers. Users consistently meet and exceed targets, receiving certificates of recognition at our annual Gala event

    Aim 2

    160 children/young people with disabilities will have increased self-confidence.


    » Participating in sports and arts sessions helps them develop self-confidence in multiple ways. Users enjoy a sense of fulfillment and pride.
    » The 1:1 care and attention users receive from volunteers in particular has been proven to significantly improve their confidence and self-image.
    » Users contribute to planning- activities are tailored to individual preferences. This empowers the children who often have decisions made for them.

    What success will look like

    Indicators include how often users are willing to try new activities, how willing they are to perform before an audience. Questionnaires to parents gather their view on progress.

    Aim 3

    160 disabled children and young people will be less isolated.


    » The sessions, where every child achieves and is valued, provide the ideal setting for them to develop relationships with other young people.

    What success will look like

    Tracking attendance is an indicator. We will ask the children at our Your Say Days whether we have met all 3 aims. Parents will feedback via questionnaires.

  • Impact


    In the local community, the stigma surrounding disability lingers, leaving users at the margins of society. But the high levels of local volunteer involvement with Step by Step are yielding gains. The visibility of users will increase in the community, breaking down attitudinal barriers towards disabled young people. Stigmas surrounding disability can also have debilitating effects on families, preventing them from getting the help they need. Questionnaires to parents will demonstrate success.


    Safety: All children will be supported on a 1:1 basis by trained volunteers (DBS checked) with written+verbal references. 50% are trained in First Aid at Work.
    Loss of staff: we have succession planning and we document systems, plans and projects.
    Premises capacity: we secured contracts with local buildings.


    We will provide a full report which will include our evaluation following the various data collection methods including
    Your Say Day - users views
    Parent questionnaires
    Reports on targets from instructors
    Staff and volunteers views

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,080

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      Amount Heading Description
      £33,120 Swimming 6 sessions weekly for 60 children
      £15,760 Horse-riding 2 sessions weekly for 12 children
      £18,160 Ice-skating 3 sessions weekly for 24 children
      £6,520 Cycling 1 session weekly for 12 children
      £6,520 Music 1 session weekly for 12 children

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BBC Children in Need £10,000 Guaranteed
    Children's Aid Committee £1,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Sports take place at the specialised sites in Hackney and Haringey:
    Swimming: Brooks Pool, Clissold Leisure Centre
    Ice-skating & soft-play: Sobell Centre
    Horse-riding: Lee Valley
    Music: Brenner Community Centre
    Exercise: Yad Voezer Community Centre
    Cycling: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Velocity


    The majority of our children are from London boroughs of Hackney and Haringey, facing high levels of deprivation: Hackney is the most deprived borough in London and the 2nd most deprived nationally; Haringey is the 5th most deprived in London and 18th nationally (English Indices of Deprivation). Parents of disabled children face additional financial pressures -- raising a disabled child costs over six times more per year compared to the costs of raising a non-disabled child (Contact a Family)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We were established by local parents, a group still well-represented on our trustee board. As a community-led organisation we uphold strong partnerships with local services. We have experience of involving users in our services, and cater for users' unique communication styles. As the only local out-of-school provider for disabled 0-19's, many organisations come to us for guidance in working with disabled users. We achieved PQASSO level 1 and were rated outstanding by Ofsted.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hindy Rand

    Hindy will manage the project ensuring that superb instructors and coordinators are in place to run the project. She has over 10 years experience

    Chana Lieber

    Chana will recruit and manage the volunteers a job she has been extremely successful in.

"We now go cycling as a family which we all enjoy. Thank you for teaching her this skill!

D.R, Parent