Project information

Positive activities for young people

At Christmas, most children are at home with their families. For TACT's children this is not possible either at Christmas or for all the year round. We're committed to providing positive activities to enhance the development of our children to ensure that their pasts do not define their futures

December 2015 - December 2016

Charity information

The Adolescent and Children's Trust

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  • Need


    Over 60 per cent of children in care have suffered significant harm & they have poor outcomes. They are more likely to experience poor academic achievement, unemployment, mental health problems & contact with the criminal justice system. This does not have to be the case & children in TACT’s care achieve better outcomes. This is because TACT provides not only secure & loving foster & adoptive families but significant other opportunities. We seek funds to improve life chances and futures.


    We will draw on TACT’s own research project which showed how important the development of peer relationships and engagement in activities are in improving educational attainment and increasing resilience and wellbeing. ‘Aspirations: The views of foster children and their carers’ (2008 and 2011). We will devise a programme of days out and activities developed in collaboration with the young people in our care, their carers and support workers to increase attainment, resilience and wellbeing

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage young people one to one or in groups in positive activities of their choice


    » Involve carers and support workers in informing young people about the positive activities programme
    » Involve children, young people, carers and support workers in identifying their needs and interests
    » Gather feedback on the progress and impact of the positive activities programme

    Carers and support workers inform young people about the positive activities programme
    Children identify their needs and interests
    Gather feedback on impact and progress

    Aim 2

    Ensure the participation of at least 150 children in the positive activities programme nationally


    » Inspire 50 young people to express creativity through a variety of positive activities
    » Engage 50 young people choose and participate in a range of sporting and physical activities
    » Ensure 50 young people experience positive educational activities through visits, exhibitions, tutoring and workshops

    50 children participating in creative activities
    50 children engaging in physical activities
    50 children experiencing educational visits, exhibitions, tutoring & workshops

  • Impact


    The programme will increase young people’s stability, self-esteem, confidence and attainment. This will impact on enabling a range of behaviours: willingness to take on constructive criticism and try again when at first they do not succeed. We will ask young people to keep a digital record of what makes the programme successful them and work with the carers and support staff to encourage quantitative and qualitative feedback on increased attainment at school and personal development


    There is a risk that a looked after child’s choice of activity might be too costly or that the location of the activity delivery might be too remote. We will address this by suggesting to children that they propose three options of things they want to do, thereby avoiding thwarted expectations and where necessary providing a longer planning period for the more difficult to arrange activity. Children’s resource workers will engage with hard to involve young people due to their past experiences.


    We will provide regular feedback. A quarterly monitoring report on activities undertaken, participants’ feedback comments, an outline of planned activities for the following quarter and a synopsis of any changes made to project plans based on the needs and interests of the young people involved

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Activities 1200 hours @ £10 per hour for a child's self-selected chioce of activities
      £1,000 Travel Contribution to travel and transportation support to activities
      £1,000 Equipment Hire and purchase of equipment for activities
      £1,000 Location Venue hire [Planning, coordination and reporting 120 hours x £10 will be met by TACT]
  • Background


    TACT is a charity providing fostering and adoption services for over 650 children and young people nationally. Over 60 percent have suffered significant harm, abuse and neglect. TACT’s research [2008, 2011] demonstrates peer relationship development and engagement in activities as essential for improving attainment, resilience and wellbeing. At a participation day in 2013 young people said they wanted days out and activities. Local authorities do not pay for extracurricular activities


    Children and young people in the care of TACT will participate in the positive activities programme. When possible we like to take our young people on adventure activities, theatre trips and other days out. They are particularly beneficial to young people in care. Most significantly they appreciate the opportunity to meet other looked after children. This gives them the chance to talk about their feelings and experience, not only with TACT staff, but more importantly with their peers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TACT is best placed to carry out this project because children are at the centre of our vision and practice and we listen to what our children say they want and strive to meet their needs. Many children will never have had the opportunity to enjoy the childhood experiences that we take for granted. Activities run in the past have been well received. A young person from Wales in the care of TACT said ‘I really look forward to Wednesday evenings, being able to lose myself for two hours’

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Elvin

    CEO, Social Worker, former Foster Carer and committed to ensuring excellent outcomes for children and young people looked after by TACT

    Marium Khan

    Trustee and Social Worker. Marium was fostered by TACT when younger and leads on ensuring youth involvement in the running or our charity

    Emma Reynolds

    One of 6 Children’s Resource Workers who support placements and ensure our young people have access to a wealth of opportunities

    Shirley Thomas

    Shirley is also a Children’s Resource Worker who works with children and young people in our care in London

Positive activities increase resilience&attainment

Positive activities increase resilience&attainment


will pay for 10 activities that a child chooses

'I think my attitude has changed and I have become more confident.’

Young person taking part in activities