Project information

Home-Start Barnet Family Outings

Provide low income disadvantaged families with young children magical yet educational days out that enable them to have a positive experience as a whole family. For some of our supported children a trip to Paradise Wildlife Park or the London Aquarium will be there first exposure to nature.

February 2017 - April 2017

Charity information: Home-Start Barnet

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  • Need


    School holidays can be the most challenging and stressful period of the year for many of our supported families. It can be hard to entertain children, tempers can fray and family dynamics can suffer as many don't have the means or the capacity to take their children on outings.
    For a significant number of children in the families we support the animals, reptiles, birds and fish the they will see and explore on these trips may be the first they’ve seen outside of TV.


    These activities will provide a welcome respite to children who are living in stressful family situations – it will hopefully allow them to have moments of carefree quality time and gain new experiences, so essential for their development and well-being. For many of the children in our families, outings and group activities like these are few and far between, they are generally unaffordable or logistically problematic.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help disadvantaged children have the best start in life by providing enriching experiences


    » 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised outing to Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire.
    » 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised outing to the London Aquarium
    » 150 children, young people and families to take part in an end of year celebration including food and entertainment.

    450 children, young people and families having taken part in outings and events organised by Home-Start Barnet.

  • Impact


    We will use our monitoring and evaluation system to measure improvements in children's;
    1. Social skills - how well they form friendships and learn to play and interact with nature and the external environment.
    2. Emotional resilience - building their confidence in coping with new experiences.
    3. Physical wellbeing


    1. More children and families wanting to access trips than spaces available. We have in the past used first come first basis approach.
    2. Families not turning up on the day thereby wasted spaces. We have asked families for a deposit of £2 per space in advance but which is refundable. We also use discretion and waive the deposit for those families that are unable to afford that amount.
    3. Cost of coach hire increasing. We usually agree in advance and do shop around for best value.


    Interim reporting to funders and use of social media. We regularly report on our website, twitter and Facebook current activities that are taking place in the organisation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,700 Trip to Paradise Wildlife Park Hire of 3 coaches, entrance fees, staff cost, admin and marketingn
      £4,800 London Aquarium Hire of 3 coaches, entrance fees, staff cost, admin and marketing
      £500 End of Year Celebration Hire of venue, food, presents and entertainment
  • Background


    We will have three pick up points located near public transport routes for the two trips that are accessible to families with young children. One pick up will be from near Harrow Town Hall, the second one will be near Colindale tube station as many of our families are on that route and coach will be from outside our offices in Finchley.

    End of year celebrations will be held in Stephens House as we have the use of gardens and enables all staff to be hands on in events as we are based there.


    Local low income families with young children in the boroughs of Barnet and Harrow who are struggling to make ends meet.
    Parents of young children who are too stressed out and don't have the capacity to think about what would help their children give the best start in life.
    Children and young people that would otherwise miss out on having fun experiences that enrich their lives and improve their wellbeing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    1.We have almost 20 years experience of supporting vulnerable children and their families in Barnet and more recently in Harrow.
    2. 70% of our supported families are on low income and unable to afford trips and outings for their children without support from organisations like ours.
    3. We get regular feedback from families and children themselves requesting fun outings that they can take part in with us as they feel its a safe environment to explore new adventures.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Suzanne Foreman

    Oversees the management of the project in Barnet.

    Tamar Glyn

    Oversees the management of the project in Harrow

    Grace Hosken

    in charge of the administrative side of the project and will work closely with Suzanne, Tamar and families.