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Project information

Holiday Play Schemes for Children

Hundreds of children stay in our domestic abuse refuges in London every year. Holiday play schemes provide them with an opportunity to relax, to feel safe and to have fun while processing their experiences and beginning to adjust to a new life, free from fear and violence

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Hestia

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  • Need


    Children are often fearful or angry about having to leave their homes behind, their schools and all of their friends. For children who have experienced domestic abuse, either as a witness or as a victim of abuse themselves, the opportunity to play with other children or to visit new places is a welcome change and a chance to enjoy being themselves again


    By incorporating play schemes to the child's programme of activity in the refuge, they can learn to trust their environment and participate in positive activities that allow them to have enjoyable experiences again. They can start to relax, safe in the knowledge that their abuser is no longer able to harm them

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce social isolation of children who have witnessed or directly experienced domestic abuse


    » By providing a range of culturally sensitive and diverse recreational activities, children can have a safe space to enjoy and to interact with others

    What success will look like

    As children from our refuges choose to participate and engage in our holiday play schemes, we will see the effectiveness of the programme in reducing social isolation

    Aim 2

    To help children relax and have fun without the fear of violence or abuse


    » By providing a range of activities, children can choose to participate in those that match their own interests, while feeling safe and supported

    What success will look like

    By hearing from the children themselves, we will learn how their self-esteem and self-confidence have changed, and whether they feel more positive about the future and their safety

  • Impact


    Every child will have a different experience of abuse and a different way of handling their experiences. Our holiday play schemes are part of a wider support programme, aiming to reduce the likelihood of children experiencing long-term effects of the abuse in their adult lives. Each child will self-report on how they feel upon leaving the refuge and will receive any further on-going support as required


    Lack of funds available to provide the number of different activities we would hope to offer. We are exploring all available funding opportunities to support this project

    Some activities are weather dependent and may need to be re-organised should the conditions not be suitable

    Sickness of qualified workers to facilitate the sessions. We will address this by always ensuring we have sufficient qualified workers on-hand to deliver the project


    We will report through our monthly newsletter, case study updates on our website and by issuing tailored reports as necessary

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,560 Volunteer Expenses 2 volunteers per borough, at a rate of £13 pp per day
      £3,200 Travel Travel to and from activities. Calculated at an average rate of £8 per return trip for 400 people
      £4,800 Entrance fees Average entrance fee of £12 pp, 20 people per borough attending each trip, running at least 4 trips
      £500 Materials Arts, crafts and sports materials for each of our 5 sites
  • Background


    The project will run throughout the year, during school holidays, across 5 of the London boroughs where we run refuges for victims of domestic abuse. The activities provided may take place outside of these boroughs, but will remain in the local area


    Our beneficiaries will be the children staying in our refuges throughout the year. The children will predominantly be under the age of 18, all of whom will have arrived at a refuge, with their mother, following domestic abuse.
    We are expecting an average of 20 people per borough to attend each trip as part of the holiday play scheme (including children, their mothers and our volunteers).
    With 4 trips planned, a total of 400 people could therefore benefit from the project

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hestia Housing and Support is the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges across London. Hestia has over 45 years of experience and last year provided services to over 9000 individuals, we:
    • Provide support to the women and children who live in our refuges for victims of domestic abuse, including working with 600 children in 2016
    • Provide support to the adults and children who live in our safe houses for victims of human trafficking
    • Campaign to end domestic and sexual abuse in the UK

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pamela Zabella

    Head of Women and Children's Services - Pamela has dedicated the past 16 years to the development of effective services for women and children.