Project information

Summer Activities

We intend to provide disadvantaged young people with exciting and healthy activities during the summer, to include - Hastings bike ride, mountain biking in Keswick, off-road cycling, fishing, karting. summer camp, white water rafting, Santa Pod trip, BMX Camp, shows and various other activities.

June 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: The Archway Project Ltd

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  • Need


    As a consequence of the extreme poverty in Thamesmead our disadvantaged children and young people, rarely, if ever, have a summer holiday away from the area. Without Archway's intervention many of our 450 young members would have very little to do but roam the streets, join gangs and involve themselves in crime and anti-social behaviour. These behaviours being borne out of the frustration of having no purposeful activities to pursue.


    By providing this project we offer our members a supportive and safe environment where they can become part of something exciting, dynamic, and structured for their enjoyment. They will be off the streets and therefore much less likely to become involved in crime or gang related activity. They will be provided with a proper meal which in some cases will have been shopped for and cooked by members.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved Health and Fitness


    » Cycling and off road motor-biking -mountain biking, Penhurst off-road cycling, Hastings bike ride and training at a BMX camp.
    » White water rafting, Go-Karting, and Fishing, involving trips to various sites to carry out these activities
    » Charlton Athletic will provide football coaching for one week for 100 young people

    We will survey all of our young participants using 1-2-1,questionnaires and group forums and we will seek feedback from carers, parents and referral agencies.

    Aim 2

    Reduced Social Isolation


    » Summer camp where young people will be surrounded by many of their peers enjoying their engagement in a range of organised activities
    » Days out and trips to various shows including Santa Pod to see the monster trucks and other events

    We will survey all of our young participants using 1-2-1,questionnaires and group forums and we will seek feedback from carers, parents and referral agencies.

    Aim 3

    Educational achievement - Assessment Qualification Alliance ( AQA)


    » We will run a Bike workshop which will include 'think bike' and young people will have the opportunity to gain AQA certificates whilst having fun

    We will measure this aim by the number of certificates achieved by the young participants.

  • Impact


    This project is primarily geared to young people having something that is fun and purposeful to attend during the summer holidays. We also, however, see it as a chance to encourage them to engage in some of the many BTEC/AQA educational courses that we offer, leading to qualifications, further training and future meaningful employment.
    We will demonstrate this by monitoring the numbers of our young people engaging on our courses from September and continue to monitor their progress.


    From our perspective we see non-engagement as the only risk.

    We are proud of our track record of success in engaging socially isolated disadvantaged young people with leisure and educational activities over the last 35 years. We have engaged in summer activities on many occasions and last year 175 young people attended. We are well known and respected in the area and fully expect to exceed that total this year.


    We will provide a report, which will include photographs of all the events, the number of participants at each event, the number of AQA successes and quotes from our participants. We will also provide receipts of all expenditure.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,120 Mileage 10 Events
      £1,525 Sessional Staff 3 events
      £3,496 Entrance fees 8 Events
      £1,627 Food 5 events
      £4,432 Other Summercamp,Training and shows
      £1,500 Publicity and prizes Football coaching course
      £500 Equipment Football coaching course

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    POM £7,100 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Thamesmead 5,307 out of 32,482 - 1 being the most deprived. Over 70% of households struggle with low/no income; significant age/cultural disparities; benefit dependency; poor housing; domestic violence; crime; substance abuse and family breakdowns are high. Social Housing accounts for 41% of stock against a national average of 19%. Greenwich has the 5th highest unemployment rate of any London Borough and 48% of 19 year olds have no qualifications.


    The project is designed for children and young people who are in some way disadvantaged. The term 'disadvantaged' for Archway is broad as over 25 agencies refer young people to us. They can be involved in the judicial system, in care, excluded from mainstream education, socially isolated , have problems at home or have a physical or mental disability. Those with a mental disability primarily have ADHD or Autism, however other problems include cerebral palsey, complex health needs and Tourette's

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our work is carried out in one of the most deprived areas in the country where there are very few organisations left offering purposeful activities for disadvantaged young people. We are proud of our achievements with our members over the last 35 years during which time we have received an award for being ' the most successful organisation in the country for reducing juvenile crime' and our work has been described as ' best practice' by the Mayor of London's Office and 'fantastic by Ofsted.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Neil Monaghan

    Neil is our Operations Manager and has been involved with the summer activities proposed in our project over the last fourteen years