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Project information

Summer Hype

Summer Hype runs residential summer camps for disadvantaged children from Hackney. We run a creative programme of activities including informal education and imaginative community building exercises. We promote an ethos of tolerance and respect for ourselves and others.

August 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Finchley Reform Synagogue

Finchley Reform Synagogue logo
  • Need


    We aim to alleviate the problems caused by child poverty in Hackney. Having met and spoken with the head teachers at several Hackney schools to recruit the children most in need, they confirm the desperate need for this project and they have identified many who could benefit. We are working in a borough where child poverty is around 37%, and outside of school this often means being hungry, bored and lonely, which affects their long-term health, educational and social development.


    Summer Hype provides an opportunity for personal growth and development these kids would not otherwise have. Our camp focuses on improving the confidence and communication of our participants and we empower them. We also provide three, healthy meals a day.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give disadvantaged kids a holiday, in a fun, safe and caring environment


    » We take our participants to an activity site in Kent where an inspiring team of leaders run creative programmes and ensure the wellbeing of our kids.

    What success will look like

    Surveying the kids and the parents at the end of the camp on their experience.

    Aim 2

    To give the kids a unique opportunity to grow in confidence andevelop new skills


    » Our programme focusses on empowering the participants. This includes encouraging them to speak out in discussions, performing and conquering fears.

    What success will look like

    Surveying the kids and the parents at the end of the camp on their experience.

    Aim 3

    To inspire the kids to do their own social action in the future


    » We run activities on social issues that are of interest to the kids. Through these, we introduce them to ideas of social action.

    What success will look like

    Asking the children at the end of the camp about their plans for the future. This is a longer term goal as the children are still very young.

  • Impact


    Our project will bring about a strong community of young people from Hackney. These young people will have the skills and confidence to help them achieve their aspirations.


    There are a number of child protection risks. We have a child protection policy and a strong team of experts supporting the project and advising us along the way.

    There are also risks in recruiting the best possible team of volunteers for the event. To achieve this we have a rigorous application process.


    We send all donors a report at the end of each camp including quotes from our participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,370

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,683 Accommodation 6 nights at an activity centre in Kent
      £3,087 Activities Onsite activities such as high ropes, rafting etc.
      £750 Welfare Officer 24/7 on site support, ensuring the wellbeing of our participants and leaders
      £150 T-Shirts T-shirts for all our participants and volunteers
      £1,500 Food Three healthy meals a day for our participants
      £300 Resources Resources for our informal education and fun sessions
      £100 Volunteer costs Costs of training and getting DBS checks for our volunteers
      £800 External workshops Including healthy cooking, Spoken Word, Graffiti and Dance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Victoria Fund £750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The beneficiaries are from Hackney, London.

    In Hackney 28% of children live in poverty according to the most recent official statistics. This means that 28% of children lived in families whose income was less than £13,728 a year or £264 a week, before housing costs had been deducted from their income. This is the fourth highest rate of child poverty in London.


    30 children living in poverty from Hackney.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have many years of experience running youth camps and we are now in our fifth year of running this youth camp. We have built a great relationship with our participants, their parents and guardians and local schools.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Mittelman


Summer Hype 2016

‘My son will finally have something to talk about when he goes back to school’

Mum of one of our participants