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Project information

Empowering disadvantaged teenage girls in Lambeth

Magic Bus UK run an after school programme in Lambeth for those Year 8 teenage girls who are at risk of social exclusion, gangs, pregnancy and low educational attainment. Money raised will help Magic Bus fund a trained coach to run more activity and support discussion sessions to more girls in need

January 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Magic Bus

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  • Need


    Magic Bus UK identified teenage girls as a group whose needs are not currently being met. Research tells us girls aged 12-15 from poorer backgrounds are at risk of gang culture, peer pressure, body issues, teenage pregnancy, poor classroom engagement and social exclusion. Poor educational attainment paves the way to a cycle of social exclusion, poor employment opportunities and less of a contribution to society.


    Our programme is designed to improve the participants behavior and social and emotional development by offering a safe environment. The goal is to improve their confidence, well-being and self efficacy through fun sports activity and group discussion. Each session is managed by a trained Magic Bus Coach who acts as a mentor and role model and in partnership with the school designs the sessions to tackle key issues and facilitate an environment that contributes towards their emotional well-being

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve participants emotional and social well-being and self worth


    » To host a weekly one hour after school session with a trained Magic Bus Coach who acts as a role model and helps them transform negative experiences

    What success will look like

    Participants will learn to love and value themselves and others as person/people by recognizing unique worth of everyone and
    manage and express their emotions more constructively

    Aim 2

    Improve the participants overall well-being


    » Each session will offer a mixture of interactive group discussion, sports, dance and activity all designed to get the girls engaged and energized

    What success will look like

    The Magic Bus Coach completes an end of term report on each participant which is shared with their Teacher, highlighting behaviors, engagement, academic performance and observation

    Aim 3

    Increased self efficacy


    » The coach will facilitate targeted discussion designed to teach the girls self improvement and understand their strengths and resilience

    What success will look like

    Participants are able to reflect on their abilities in order to pursue self- improvement ability to aspire and set small and long term goals for themselves to accomplish.

    Aim 4

    Create a positive perception around healthy relationships


    » Sessions and role play designed to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships and the meaning of consent and saying no within peer group

    What success will look like

    Learn the skills to manage conflicts and recognize the effects of bullying. Be able to manage peer pressures and learn to keep personal safety including online safety.

  • Impact


    By working with those targeted disadvantaged teenage girls and in partnership with the school, we expect our early intervention will improve the overall emotional and social development of the participants. With a female role model empowering young girls with the skills, confidence and understanding to make better decisions and self improvement will lead to better outcomes - increased educational attainment, lower pregnancy rates, decrease in bullying, better self worth and peer relationships


    Over the course of the project participants can be known to drop out and stop attending the programme. We work closely with the school and teachers to ensure the drop our rate is minimized with regular constructive feedback and positive reinforcement.


    We will provide some end of year statistics on the participants highlighting the success and challneges of the programme and outcomes achieved of the group with feedback from teachers and the participants themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Coach Fees Cost of the Coach
      £500 Session material and travel Cost of travel and session material

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Lewis Partnership £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The 2013 UNICEF report states among the developed nations United Kingdom still has one of the highest alcohol abuse rates by young people between 11 -15 years, highest teenage pregnancy rates, lowest rates of further education and highest rates of young people not in education, employment or training. Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London with some of the highest levels of teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and gang culture.


    Our programme has been designed to meet the needs and reduce the risk of social exclusion of teenage girls aged between 12-15 years. Year 8 has been identified as the year that teenage girls are at most risk of forming poor peer relationships, poor classroom engagement, low self esteem, body image issues, confidence and peer pressure. Early intervention will equip them with the skills to make better choices, improved educational attainment and becoming fully fledged members of society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Magic Bus works with some of the worlds poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a meaningful livelihood. Magic Bus has run poverty relief programmes in India for fifteen years and we have taken our leanings and contextualized our programme to meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Lambeth. Award winning Magic Bus has a sustainable cost effective model with community mentors and role models delivering its programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Priyanka Sharma

    Magic Bus UK Programme Development Manager

    Sinead Roberts

    Teenage Girls Coach

    Victoria Southwell

    Magic Bus UK Director