Project information

Wider World Easter 2016 programme

We offer fun and exciting enrichment activities for children aged 8 - 12 whose families may not otherwise be able to afford them. Our programmes run in the school holidays and include trips to museusms, zoos, climbing centres, canoeing and many more!

2 days

Charity information: Wider World

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  • Need


    Children have unequal access to extracurricular enrichment activities which can increase soft skills, motivate children to learn and inspire passions. A Sutton Trust report ‘Extra-curricular Inequality’ (09/14) highlighted that both the rate of participation and the amount spent per child decrease across income and social groups; 60-70% of ABC1 parents taking children to regular weekly classes versus 30% in group E. We believe that all children should be able to experience an enriched childhood.


    Wider World works with children aged 8-12 whose families cannot currently afford out-of-school enrichment activities. We offer a varied range of enrichment activities in Bristol and the surrounding area, taking children on trips to venues that encompass the worlds of science, arts, history, nature and sport. The activities develop key character strengths identified as having an impact on success and happiness in work and life. We focus on curiosity, perseverance, empathy, confidence and zest.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run two days of activities with 48 children, each day will involve activities at two venues.


    » We will plan the trips with plenty of time to allow us to liaise with schools, venues, group leaders, volunteers and transport providers.

    What success will look like

    A successful programme will be judged by feedback from group leaders, volunteers, parents and children. Hopefully the children and their schools will be keen to be involved again.

    Aim 2

    The children are exposed to activities that they have not had the chance to experience before.


    » Research activities in Bristol that children may not have done before. We will use the evaluation forms from our previous programmes to guide this.

    What success will look like

    After the programme we ask the children which activities were new, whether they would like to do them again, and if they have developed any new interests.

    Aim 3

    The children understand and develop confidence, perseverance, curiosity, empathy and zest.


    » The activities are specifically chosen to develop the targeted character strengths - e.g. a climbing wall to develop perseverance.
    » At the start of the trip we all discuss what the strengths mean and the children are rewarded with stars for showing them along the way.
    » The children can also nominate each other for stars which develops their understanding of the aim.

    What success will look like

    We reward the children with stars and a certificate for showing the strengths and at the end of the programme they are asked if they have developed them.

    Aim 4

    Build up a pool of volunteers to help us become more sustainable in the future.


    » We will advertise locally for volunteers through multiple channels and ensure that they are fully briefed and supported throughout the programme.

    What success will look like

    We will liaise with the volunteers about trip successes and the group leaders will feed back any issues. We will let them know of future opportunities.

  • Impact


    We believe the children will see improvements in their behaviour and their social skills. We hope that they will become more motivated to learn as they will have a wider range of experiences to give their learning context.
    By sharing their experiences, the children will also increase their family’s knowledge of and desire to independently pursue enrichment activities – we encourage this by sending home a leaflet with bus routes and free/low-cost local venues at the end of the programme.


    To ensure the safety of the children we ensure a ratio of 1:6 adults to children, all staff and volunteers are DBS checked and our group leaders are required to take a safeguarding course. We write full risk assessments for all the venues to ensure that any specific risks are minimised and there is always at least one trained first aider with each group. We minimise the risk of children not turning up by reminding the parents both a week, and a day before the programme starts.


    After the project we will compile a full evaluation. This will include feedback from the children (including whether they have developed the target character strengths), staff and volunteers. We will also encourage donors to connect with us on social media where we upload pictures of the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Activities e.g. entry to museums, external sports providers
      £760 Transport Bristol Community Transport minibuses and volunteer drivers
      £480 Group Leaders Experienced teachers or youth workers to lead the trips
      £200 Group Leader Coordinator To ensure the smooth running of the programme
      £200 Trip supplies e.g. first aid kits, high visibility jackets
      £260 Admin Including volunteer expenses and DBS checks
      £300 Project Management 2 days work at £150 per day
  • Background


    Our project will take place in a variety of venues around Bristol. The venues that we have visited in the past include: AtBristol science museum, the Wild Place Conservation Park, the Leap of Faith climbing and ropes course, the MShed Museum and canoeing on Bristol harbour. Bristol Community Transport buses collect the children and take them to the various venues. The demographics of these locations vary, however in general, they are in more affluent areas than those where the children live.


    We prioritise schools with 50%+ free school meals and/or located in the bottom 15% of wards (Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index), and ask head teachers to select the pupil premium eligible children they feel would most benefit from enrichment activities in the school holidays. We have worked with eight Bristol primary schools in the past, and there are others that we may approach. £4000 would allow 48 children to experience 2 days of enrichment activity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have experience in carrying out these programmes. Our May programme was a great success. Most of the children involved had never visited the venues before and the evaluation showed that the majority of them agreed or strongly agreed that they had developed the strengths targeted: curiosity (85%), empathy (91%), perseverance (82%), confidence (91%) and zest (85%). We have learnt valuable lessons from our past programmes which puts us in an even stronger position to carry them out.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Cooper

    Wider World's director, has 20 years’ experience in fundraising, marketing and project management in the education, private and voluntary sectors.

    Louise Williams

    Louise, one of our group leaders, is a DT and Art teacher at Bernard Lovell School and has been a group leader on all our programmes to date.

    Luke England

    Luke, group leader and a learning mentor at Begbrook Primary school, has experience working with children with social/emotional difficulties.

    Aly Vernon

    Aly, group leader, also works part-time for Sustrans delivering programmes to school