Project information

Social Butterflies

Social Butterflies, fun and intensive social skills groups for disadvantaged children aged 5-9 who lag behind their peers socially.

March 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Aiming High London

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  • Need

    Need

    Social Butterflies will target mainstream children from disadvantaged families who lag behind in their social and communication skills leading them to have problems making friends, asking for help and reaching their full potential.
    Being that the problem is not severe enough for them to be eligible for government/school help, and the parents being unable to afford private help, the children's social and communication difficulties are not being addressed.

    Solution

    We are addressing this problem by launching fun and stimulating groups under the guidance of qualified speech and language therapists at no cost to the users . They will work in small groups with each child having individual targets.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The children will feel empowered and fulfilled as they discover new potentials.

    Activities

    » All children will know their individual targets and work together with the therapist to achieve it.

    Stage a performance where each child will have a chance to shine. They will work on it as a team.


    Aim 2

    They will gain tools to work successfully as part of a team, an extremely important life skill .

    Activities

    » Lots of the work at the groups will be done in team work.

    Stage a performance where each child will have a chance to shine.They will work on it as a team.


    Aim 3

    Participants will be far more likely to develop into competent, motivated adults.

    Activities

    » By working on improving their communication skills through various activities , they will fell more confident to go out in the big wide world.

    At completion of this course the children will tell us how they feel the course has impacted their lives.


  • Impact

    Impact

    In the long term participants will develop into competent, motivated adults who are able to contribute to society, hold down jobs and make a positive impact on their surrounding.

    Risk

    Safeguarding concerns. All staff will be subjected to enhanced DBS checks and will undergo safeguarding training every 6 months. We will also always have a safeguarding officer on site during the course.

    Reporting

    At the completion of the course we will send out reports, figures and results of surveys to all donors of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Staff and training salary for 2 SLT for 12 months and safeguarding training
      £3,600 equipment and storage cupboard games, toys and puppets
  • Background

    Location

    We are located in London Borough of Haringey boardering Hackney, and accept children from both boroughs. Both of these areas have a high proportion of children living in families earning below the national average and come from families on mean tested benefits.

    Beneficiaries

    20 young children aged 5-9 with social and communication difficulties whose parents can not afford to get private help.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have run this project last year and it was a major success. Parents, children and teachers reported the significant changes and impact it had on the children taking part.
    Bringing our expertise and experience from running this project last year and currently running various clubs and courses we feel we are best suited toi carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Miriam Scharf

    As experienced teacher, and dedicated trustee, she will be coordinating this project