Project information

LCM Isle of Dogs Summer Programme

The summer programme will engage with children and young people living in one of London's poorest boroughs. Young people will take part in activities that will help to improve mental and physical health, reduce isolation and anti-social behaviour and promote a more cohesive community.

July 2016 - August 2016

Charity information

London City Mission

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  • Need


    The Isle of Dogs is in Tower Hamlets, where 44% of households live in poverty. Crime and anti-social behaviour are also issues. This area is very diverse, with 18 different ethnic groups, but the wider community is often segregated. In addition to this, some young people will engage in anti-social behaviour as their parents can't offer alternative activities over the summer. Some young people rely heavily on school meals during term time, and do not have enough to eat when school is closed.


    The activities provide cohesion and brings people together offering them fun days, crafts and sports for children, a pop-up park café, babies and mothers' activities and youth training workshops.
    By providing varied activities, learning spaces, healthy food and volunteering opportunities the Isle of Dogs summer programme will bring people together, help young people to learn new skills and provide much needed nutritional snacks whilst reducing crime and isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Art & craft session


    » At least 30 children will take part in Arts and Crafts programme every Tuesdays and Thursdays over 5 weeks.

    The programme will bring children from different backgrounds together to take part in creative activities and will help to tackle hunger during the holidays.

    Aim 2

    Football coaching for children and young people


    » 35 young people will receive daily, afternoon and evening, coaching by a football professional from the David Beckham Football Academy.

    The academy sports summer football activity will help children to develop self-confidence and develop sports skills.

    Aim 3

    Children's activities for under 5s & families


    » Various fun activities to encourage community cohesion amongst young parents. They will be run twice a week, Mondays & Fridays for 5 weeks.

    The bringing together of under 5s and young parents of diverse ethnicity will create real community and build the foundation for future family cohesion.

    Aim 4

    Away Day beach trip for poor families


    » These are specifically organised for poorer families who cannot afford holidays. They will constitute of 3 separate trips to the beach for 70 people.

    These trips are often the highlight of a child's summer, particularly those from poorer families who can't afford holidays. The trips create life long memories and build community

    Aim 5

    Professional workshop for 20 youth focused on food and hygiene.


    » This is a one off event teaching young people how to manage food and hygiene in their environment whilst preparing food, by a professional.

    Many who attend are from a very poor background unaware of food hygiene. They will learn practical skills enabling them to live healthier lives for themselves and their families.

  • Impact


    The programme will promote community cohesion in an area with little integration. The park and local recreational areas will become transforming space for families rather than be misused for crime and gangs. It will help to reduce isolation and crime in communal areas, ensuring the local civic use of spaces and building long-term community links. Children and young people will gain new skills and develop habits that will improve their life chances and their physical and mental health.


    To ensure programmes are delivered to a safe and high standard, all activities are undertaken by skilled and professional staff, accredited in specific areas. Full time staff will all be DBS checked.


    We will ensure donors are individually thanked through various communication; primarily digital, and if necessary via print also. They will receive reports of the projects' outcome, which will include case studies of transformed lives, individually and from the community.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,250

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,800 Art & Craft Art tutor, materials, children's prizes and nutritional food.
      £7,250 Football coaching 2 professional coaches and nutritional food
      £1,750 Under 5s & parents Equipment & nutritional food
      £3,750 Beach trip Coach hire, equipment and food
      £3,200 Youth Training workshop Trainer, venue hire, nutritional food, Venue hire
      £10,500 Staff & volunteer costs 3 full time, 2 part time & 6 volunteers
  • Background


    The programme is based around St. John’s Park in the Isle of Dogs, which is situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in which 44% of households are in income poverty, the highest rate of all local authorities in England and Wales. According to the 2011 Census, the borough is also home to 18 ethnic groups, the largest being the Bangladeshi community (32%), and the white British population (31%).


    The programme is geared towards meeting primarily the needs of children and young people of all ethnic and religious background. Some of the programmes will also include young parents who are crucial to building community cohesion and eradicating child poverty for the long term. We will specifically work with local schools in including children who already receive free school meals and are from a disadvantaged background.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has a long term presence in the community and is also trusted by the local council who also allow us to use their facilities. Our charity workers have a long-tern relationship with the local residents and has been successful in delivering long-term community based and social inclusion projects in the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marlene Botha

    Marlene has over ten years of project delivery experience in children’s and residents’ welfare programmes based at the Isle of Dogs.

    Carol McFarlane

    Carol is an experienced community worker. She has organised activities for groups from various different ethnic backgrounds.


Provides two children to enjoy an art and craft session for a whole day.

“Volunteering at the programme has helped me to get to know people in my neighbourhood who I wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to meet. It's helped me feel more part of my community and getting to know people has helped me feel safer in my local area.”

Volunteer at last year's summer programme