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Project information

‘Sing and Spring’ summer day camp 2019

‘Sing and Spring’ summer day camp day camp is an opportunity for young people to enjoy 2 fun-filled weeks of recreational activities, a variety of outings and plenty of exercise in a safe and relaxing environment.

August 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Youthdirect

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  • Need


    Children and young people from the ethnic minority community we serve are cooped up in the classroom all year with little access to physical activities due to cultural and economic constraints. Many struggle in school and some suffer from low self-esteem, mental health issues, ADHD and ASD. With too much spare time on their hands in the summer holidays these children are at high risk of antisocial behaviour; their parents are desperate for them to be gainfully occupied.


    By providing two fun-filled weeks where we will run engaging and thought provoking activities along with enjoyable and relaxing trips that will combine to offer an excellent day camp for children and young people.
    Children will have the opportunity to release their pent up energy in a safe environment and a productive way.
    Our fantastic team of youth workers utilise this opportunity to instil the children with confidence and a fresh enthusiasm for their studies upon their return to school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve self-esteem and develop personal resilience by providing fun and challenging activities


    » Snow Tubing Activities
    » Banana Boating
    » Raft Building Activities

    What success will look like

    Staff will be monitoring to ensure that expected outcomes have been achieved, by making observations, taking camp register and getting user/carer questionnaires filled in.

    Aim 2

    Provide exciting opportunities that will increase their general knowledge at the same time.


    » Trip to Woburn Safari
    » Trip to the Royal Gunpowder Mills
    » Trip to the Willows activity farm
    » Trips to Safety Centre – Hazard Alley

    What success will look like

    Staff will be taking photos, and making notes of participant’s comments. Registers will be taken and user questionnaires stating what knowledge they have gained will be filled in.

    Aim 3

    Provide them with the sport activities opportunities that they would not otherwise get.


    » Trampoline Park
    » Ramble and low ropes
    » Sports centre

    What success will look like

    By making observations and taking photos of members involved in sport activities. Questionnaires will be filled out stating what new opportunities at sports partakers have gained.

    Aim 4

    Improved Social Skills


    » Daily Trips by Coach - Children and young people utilise the me travelling in the coaches to socialise and get to know each other.
    » Raft Building – Children and young people work as a team as they create a raft together.

    What success will look like

    Staff will take photos of members involved in social activities. Registers will be taken and filled out user questionnaires will state how members feel they have gained socially.

  • Impact


    Members will gain an increased sense of self-esteem and personal resilience. This will surge forward into their daily life, where they’ll be willing to test new challenges and ask for help. This healthy frame of mind, along with their brushed up social skills, will greatly enhance performance both at school and outside, enabling them to reach their full potential. Staff observations and members questionnaires filled in at the end of the project will demonstrate changes that have taken place.


    Not attracting children who need it most.
    We take referrals from family support organisations. Our fees policy allows the small fee to be reduced or waivered in case of need.
    Risk of accidents on trips. All staff are CRB checked. We do rigorous risk assessments and follow safety instructions of all sites visited. Children are given labels with emergency contact details.
    Shortage of funding. We are doing thorough fundraising work to ensure that all necessary funding for the day camp is secured.


    Upon completion of our summer day camp, we will send donors (on request) a detailed description of the how the day camps programs and activities went, including photos, staff observations and comments taken from members and parents/carers questionnaires.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,668

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Management Project manager - 80 hours x £25. Office Admin £1000
      £5,075 Youth Workers 6 paid Youth workers plus camp head
      £495 advertising, priGeneral Office advertising, printing, photocop
      £927 Refreshments 96 members x 11 days x 87p
      £1,460 Prizes and Misc 96 x £4, Volunteer expenses £360, stationary and printing £223 and Misc £492
      £262 identification (caps) £4.80 x 96
      £17,649 Outing Entry Fees - £10719. Coaches - £6930
      £1,800 Rent Building rent from local school

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Young Hackney £8,000 Guaranteed
    small trusts and donations £6,200 Conditional
  • Background


    The day camp will take place in the premises of a local OFSTED registered school in the deprived borough of Hackney, London. The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 Statistical Release states that 32.2% of Hackney's children live in Income deprived households.


    Children and young people between the ages of 7 – 13 many of whom have who have additional needs such as ADHD, allergies, ASD, learning and emotional difficulties. They come from families on low income living on benefits in overcrowded homes. Due to their financial restraints, they are commonly deprived of extra-curricular opportunities and are therefore unable to attend generic after school clubs or summer day camps.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Youthdirect has many years of successfully running a summer day camp. We cater for the needs of the local community and have lots of experience in running exciting and stimulating activities in a safe environment. We work closely with family support organisations ensuring that we reach the most disadvantaged children. Youthdirect is Ofsted registered EY458176. In November 2015 Youthdirect was awarded the Gold Level London Youth Quality Mark and is constantly looking to improve.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Ralph Grosskopf

    He carries years of experience as Project manager, ensuring staff have necessary training, carrying out risk assessments and adhering to all policies

    Mr N Hoptman

    The Camp Head’s role is to create and implement a lively, exciting and somewhat competitive summer day camp program and assume daily responsibility


£150 will cover the costs of one child to have a safe and educational summer holiday

“Thank you for allowing S to join and assisting with his needs and safely. He had a wonderful time.” “My son probably never had such a good time in his life. He enjoyed every moment!”

Happy Parents (2016)