Project information

Love to Learn homework club

Homework and activities club and holiday activities for refugee children living in poverty in London

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information

The Katherine Low Settlement Limited

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  • Need


    Refugee children struggle to get their homework done as their parents don't speak much English and can't give them support. They also don't access many activities and rarely go on holiday. This means they miss out on experiences and have low levels of English. Children we work with live in poverty, overcrowded housing, single parent families. They usually don't have access to computers or other learning resources. They are underachieving at school and have low confidence and self-esteem.


    We provide weekly homework and activities club for refugee children and trips during the holidays. This ensures that children can get their homework done with help and access to computers, printers, internet and other learning resources. Volunteers help each child to improve their learning, read together and then do fun activities (gardening, cooking, trips etc.). Children not only improve their learning skills, confidence and English, but also have fun learning new skills and making friends.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help refugee children do their homework and hand it in on time!


    » Weekly homework club for refugee children (2 hours during term-time) with learning support from staff and volunteers

    Progress logs for children
    Reports from staff, parents, teachers, children and volunteers
    Monitoring forms

    Aim 2

    Help refugee children feel more confident and gain social skills


    » Weekly activities for refugee children - cooking, gardening, sports, arts, drama, music; holiday activities and trips; opportunities to make friends

    Monitoring forms each year
    Progress logs
    Reports from staff, parents, children and volunteers
    Photos and logs of activities

    Aim 3

    Improve the learning resources available to refugee children


    » Weekly homework club for refugee children providing access to computers, printers, internet, workbooks, reading books, stationery etc.

    Photos of children using resources
    Inventory of resources provided

  • Impact


    Refugee children will improve learning skills, get more homework done and do better at school
    Refugee parents will have access to our other services including education advocacy, parent workshops etc. and will learn more about the UK school system and improve home-school liaison
    Volunteers will learn more about refugee issues which will help to improve community cohesion
    We demonstrate this through monitoring forms and regular evaluation feedback and reporting.


    Possible risks:
    Staff turn-over
    Financial viability
    Availability of venue

    Staff turn-over is very low and we have excellent long-term volunteers working with us
    Love to Learn has Big Lottery and Children in Need funding until the end of 2017 which means we are financially viable
    Love to Learn is based at Katherine Low Settlement and this is secured for the foreseeable future.


    We will produce an evaluation report with photos (we can also provide short films) which will include an analysis of our monitoring forms and feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Homework club staff Providing weekly homework club sessions (2 hrs)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Children in Need £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Love to Learn homework club takes place at Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea, London (borough of Wandsworth). Although Battersea has some extremely wealthy residents, it also has some large council estates with communities of refugees from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. It is children from these families who attend our homework club.


    Children from refugee backgrounds (e.g. Somali, Eritrean, Iraqi, Iranian, Afghan, Rwandan, Sudanese etc.) will benefit. We prioritise children who are newly-arrived, unaccompanied, do not speak English, are behind at school or whose families have suffered bereavement or trauma. All the refugee children we work with are in poverty, live in poor housing and face multiple disadvantage. We work with children aged from 5 to 15, but this funding will go towards our younger age group (5-10).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in the local area that provides a homework club for refugee children and we have been running clubs for over 10 years. We have experienced and knowledgable staff and trustees, and we work with over 100 volunteers. We work in close partnership with schools, refugee community groups, statutory agencies and parents. We also already have matchfunding to run the club, so this grant will enable us to expand and add value to an operational programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Rix

    Project Co-ordinator Fundraising, project and staff management, financial management, partnership and strategic management

    Nadine Ballantyne

    Homework Club Co-ordinator Planning and delivering homework club, managing and training club volunteers, planning holiday trips and activities

    Aaron Barbour

    Director of Katherine Low Settlement Strategic management, fundraising, co-ordinating with trustees, policy, HR

    Margaret Lipsy

    Chair of trustees

"I cannot help my children with the homework. I cannot read or write in English. I want to help them but I can't do it. And we don't have a computer at home." (translated from Tigrinya)

Refugee parent