Project information

Drama makes me Calmer

An opportunity for multiply disadvantaged children, who are stressed out due to severe poverty, learning difficulties or family issues and thus under-performing (socially, scholastically and behaviorally); to get away from the stresses, learn to self calm,regulate mood swings,access food and fun.

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Young And Inspired

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  • Need

    Need

    Our Drama Summer camp designed to offer respite,fun childhood experiences and teach coping skills, and self expression to 80 children and 12 young volunteers grappling with difficult home backgrounds exacerbated by poverty.These environmental stressors adversely affect our users ability to function at best.
    40% of these children were referred to us and signposted at risk,due to poor school attendance, history of misbehavior,social isolation and anger issues as a result of poverty & home stress.

    Solution

    We will take the children to the refreshing environment in British countryside(Uttoxeter as elected by users) Far away from their school and home stresses. Here they will be able to diffuse their anger ,their anxiety and overwhelming responsibilities. They will also find solace from other kids,teens and volunteers who are experiencing similar ordeals.
    Aside for standard trips and programs which are luxuries and rare opportunities for our users, we will focus on Drama as a therapeutic outlet.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A 2 week camp-rare opportunity to kids who will otherwise stay in city with no safe entertainment.


    Activities

    » We will take 92 C&YP on a 2 week retreat in the British Countryside where we will offer trips,sports, talent, skills clubs and healthy meals.

    What success will look like

    We will produce photos and videos of our retreat and ask children to fill feedback forms. We work with users who have never traveled to camp or with their families on holidays.


    Aim 2

    Support children to de-stress and diffuse emotional blockages in an optimal healing environment .


    Activities

    » The environment will be conducive to help our users diffuse tension and anger.Our trips will supplement this effect-rock climbing,horse riding...
    » Daily Drama sessions and rehearsals for a grand performance produced by users
    » Provide free opportunities for children to meet with therapists and mentors confidentially and in a stigma free environment.
    » Teach coping skills to children who face regular challenges which can effect them emotionally as well as empower kids with crises management skills-

    What success will look like

    Our children and our therapist will fill before and after forms about their emotional health. We will work with our users` teachers and parents to evaluate behavior improvement.


    Aim 3

    Ensure that 116 disadvantaged don`t miss out on a free meal when school is out-they will receive 3!


    Activities

    » Offer 3 balanced nutritious meals as well as fun healthy snacks to kids who depend on their free school meal and are left hungry on holidays.

    What success will look like

    We will provide 3 meals daily and can demonstrate menus,receipts and pics of users enjoying meals as well as users` comments regarding meals on feedback forms.


    Aim 4

    Uncover and hone skills and talents which will boost children`s self esteem and confidence


    Activities

    » Drama sessions as a therapeutic outlet and to uncover talents. Users will feel proud and fulfilled;performing improves confidence and self-esteem.
    » Daily sports sessions including,swimming,netball,cycling... enables children to be valued for abilities whilst not being judged for academic failure.
    » We empower users with leadership and teamwork skills whilst working on their production.
    » We empower users with practical skills such as sticking to budget for their performance,problem solving, creating costumes,props ,music for show.

    What success will look like

    We can produce video and pics of our performance and drama sessions. Demonstrate users Swimming Success certificates. As well as share users feedback about how their success feels


    Aim 5

    To give children on the social fringes a new chance to build healthy and lasting relationships


    Activities

    » We provide an opportunity for socially isolated youth to mingle together in an accepting and non-prejudiced environment.
    » We pair referred children with Big Brother/Sister volunteers- past users who has experienced similar challenges and have overcome them.

    What success will look like

    69% of our users wrote on application form that they have no good friends. We will observe our users social success throughout project and ask them to reevaluate this at camp end.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Drama skills help children develop self-expression,mood regulation and boosts self-esteem. The ability to express oneself helps children to manage emotions and develop confidence and resilience,nurturing their mental health and well being.These skills are deciding factors in creating a healthy childhood and smooth transitioning into adulthood.
    The relaxing, refreshing countryside environment complements healing process.Our camp offers diverse social network,huge plus for socially excluded kids.

    Risk

    We have evaluated challenges to project and compiled a risk assessment.We have identified health,financial and project risks and planned necessary precautions/ contingency options

    Health & safety: Aall our staff are DBS Checked and first aid certified and familiar with our health and safety policies. Safeguarding officers will ensure above.We have a therapist on site to support Mental Health.

    We diversify funding to eliminate dependency and stick to budget.
    Contingency activities for weather.

    Reporting

    We will produce monitoring reports for ourselves and for donors.
    Donors, if they desire will receive updates, reports,pictures via social media, email or post.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £68,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 transport For journey and trips,special van for disabled user
      £25,000 Accomadation accommodation for two weeks
      £8,000 Food 3 meals daily and snack
      £8,000 Therapists fees Child psychotherapist on staff to support users mental health and salary for Drama therapist.
      £8,000 Outdoor Trip fees Trips to fruit picking, horse-riding, speed-boating
      £7,000 performance stage hire, materials, lighting, sound, props, drama coaches
      £2,000 admin and safety Project Manager and Admin
      £5,000 publicity and printing publicity, insurance, materials (paperware, arts n crafts)
  • Background

    Location

    Our summer camp will be located in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.A scenic rural market down which lends a refreshing ambiance.
    Our service users are of the poorest members in BAME communities in London’s most deprived boroughs mos Hackney and Haringey and neighboring areas.According to the SAOs, Hackney was the eleventh most deprived local authority overall in England in the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation.Hackney and Haringey are both busy city areas and unsafe for kids to play unsupervised

    Beneficiaries

    We work with 92 children who come from poorest families in London, Essex and some new children referred from North East England. Most of these children are multiply disadvantaged and 60% have been bullied; or bullied themselves due to stress, anger problems, low self esteem, frustration from learning issues. All our users families are on means tested benefits and many are dependent on food and crises charities. 25% of our users receive minimum low level disability allowance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Experience is our advantage as we delivered similar projects such as performance and holidays club. With hindsight we reviewed all previous monitoring and evaluations and engage potential users for their input. This project is an innovation to previous project yet all encompassing and addressing specific need of kids affected emotionally by stresses.

    We have wonderful rapport with targeted users who feel comfortable,valued and safe at our projects.
    We have bronze and silver youth quality mark

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mr A C Schriber

    Youth Council Manager. Works together with young people management board to plan a stimulating, inclusive and competitive program.

    Elizebeth Kats

    Safegaurding Officer and assistant project Manager: Ensures that activities and staff are in line with internal and external regulations.

    Mr Lipa Fuchs

    Youth worker with 15 years experience working with children on social fringes

£50

Will enable an unreal evening BBQ for teenagers that never had one!

My son learnt amazing tools, where he identifies negative emotions, and uses drama tools to deal with it. The screaming and passive aggression in my home is a thing of the past. He taught me the skills too. Its hilarious and beautiful, our house has become a theater instead of a war-zone.

Mrs Grosz Single Mum