Project information

Decorating Children's Lives

Many children in London are living with extreme deprivation, in homes which are dirty, unsanitary and often lacking in the most basic necessities such as clean bedding, cups, plates and simple furniture. This can lead to poor health & can impact on normal development, emotional security & learning.

January 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Childhood Trust

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  • Need


    There are more than 600,000 children living in poverty in London. That’s around 37% of all children. Some families are surviving in properties which are shockingly inadequate. We all know the importance of having a warm and welcoming home to come back to after a long day. This should not be a privilege but a basic right for all children. We have found children sleeping on the floor with a curtain for a duvet and children sleeping on cardboard. This needs to change.


    The most impoverished children and families will be nominated for a 'makeover' by their local residents association or community group. The Childhood Trust oversees the work and all funds are carefully monitored.
    A team of builders, volunteers and interior designers renovate the children's rooms and or homes. This is done using financial donations, as well as goods in kind such as paint, furniture, curtains, cutlery, crockery and electrical appliances.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Renovate one room every quarter for a vulnerable child living in London.


    » Families to be nominated by selected charity partners and residents associations.
    » Volunteer trades experts to be recruited and prepared to carry out renovations in a day.
    » Funding to be in place as well as gifts in kind to ensure all renovations can be completed in full.

    What success will look like

    We will take before and after photographs of each makeover, whilst protecting always the identity and privacy of the selected families. This will be shared via blog posts.

    Aim 2

    Have regular supply of funds in place plus pledges on donated goods and services - emergency relief.


    » JC Decor to continually meet & promote to suppliers to have resource available to respond to urgent needs.
    » Raise the profile of the project so that the public can also engage and respond with donations of cash and kind.

    What success will look like

    We will have sufficient funds for out of pocket expenses to ensure that all makeovers can be completed in a day.

  • Impact


    Decorating Children's Lives will ensure that all children selected will have an inspiring and safe place to sleep, play and study in.

    We will seek to maintain contact over 12 months to report on key milestones and anecdotes to share that the child is growing up happy, healthy and is learning well at school.


    There is a risk that the renovation will not be what the family anticipated or wanted.
    We will ensure that this does not happen by continually communicating with the family about the plan. Ideally a family member will be on site during the renovation to ensure there are no horrible surprises.


    Via our blog posts donors will see before and after photos of each renovation plus a thumbnail description of the family including why they were nominated.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 floor coverings carpets, vinyl, laminates, rugs
      £2,600 decorating materials paint, wall paper, other materials
      £1,000 soft furnishings curtains, blinds, cushions, bedding

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Childhood Trust £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Children living in and around London who are living in poor conditions. They may live on estates in rented accommodation in any London borough.
    Our first project is already planned in Camberwell for a family of 3 children whose flat was flooded with waste, no insurance in place, everything destroyed, being housed in a hostel until flat can be renovated to a healthy standard.


    Families recommended to The Childhood Trust via local charity partners who will nominate the most deserving vulnerable families.
    Children who are growing up in poverty and who are nominated to receive help from a a charity or residents association representative.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We’ve partnered 160 children’s charities. Due diligence is in place along with partners with strong relationships with families most in need. The selection and communication to families will be the local charity partner. All funds will be accounted through our bank account. JC Décor is an Interior Design firm focusing on residential interior design with previous success renovating homes for vulnerable children. So we have a huge amount of experience and are confident in the project’s success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laurence Guinness

    Chief executive responsible for promoting the project to community partners, setting eligibility & selection of families, finances & reporting back.

    Jemma Paugh

    Interior designer responsible for implementing the project, recruiting/managing skilled volunteers and trades people, fundraising to suppliers.

child's bedroom we want to 'makeover' Jan 2016.

child's bedroom we want to 'makeover' Jan 2016.