Our children's supplementary school, the Rainbow Club, works to increase children's achievement in numeracy and literacy and encourages social interaction. We provide classes focussing on English, maths, followed by art, music and sport.
Charity information: Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)
The children AFRIL works with live in poverty and some are destitute. Lewisham has one of the highest rates of child poverty in London and is the 11th most deprived London borough. Refugee/asylum-seeker children are particularly disadvantaged as they have carers who are not allowed to, or struggle to find work. Some of our children do not have regular meals and cannot afford warm winter clothes. They do not have the means to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as art, music or sport.
Staff and volunteers at the Rainbow Club have specific experience of working with children and families from refugee backgrounds and understand the barriers to education that they face. Children's school attainment is hampered by lack of English and numeracy skills and these are key aspects of the Rainbow Club provision. The activities increase the children's numeracy and literacy. The high staff:pupil ratio gives children extra, targeted support in small groups which increase their confidence.
Improve numeracy and literacy
Activities» Lessons are according to age group and ability level and are carried out with a volunteers and teaching assistants.
Standardised test twice a year. Every term children are asked to evaluate their experience and to suggest improvements. These evaluations are used to inform future planning
Encourage social interaction
Activities» Music, art and sport also form a regular part of the curriculum and help improve children's self-esteem and confidence.
Improved levels of self-esteem and confidence as well as increased involvement in group activity.
The Rainbow Club improves children's social skills and equips them with confidence and skills necessary for school and the wider community. The experience and the proficiency gathered will allow them to perform better at school and ultimately lead to a more confident life. The project will enable the children to emerge as a fully integrated generation.
The main risk to the Rainbow Club is lack of funding which would seriosly affect the provision of staff and resources. We have become experienced at making successful bids and continue to explore wider opportunities to increase our support base.
Recruitment is another issue that could pose a possible risk. At the moment we are lucky enough to have a team of dedicated staff but some of our volunteers are only able to committ short-term.
Annual reports, newsletters, and the website as well as a variety of publicity events will keep donors up to date.
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