Project information

Summer of Play 2019

Brightening the summer for local children aged 0 -13 years with a plentiful programme of opportunities for a summer of play. Eliminating the worry for families and children of the extra expense of quality activities. For a period of time together creating happy summer memories.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Loughborough Community Centre

Loughborough Community Centre
  • Need


    Working within the most deprived area of Lambeth at time when austerity is affecting services for children and the neediest members of our society. Accessible activities for children are decreasing and are becoming limited to those who can afford. Summer of Play aims to provide a solution by;
    Overcoming the financial limitations for families. Giving access to free play opportunities with lunch for all children within our area to ensure all children can have a positive and memorable summer.


    Free opportunities to access a range of play activities that are facilitated by skilled staff within a centre that is designed for play.
    Children will have opportunities to engage in free play and a range of wellbeing & creative experiences.
    Healthy refreshments will be readily available and lunch will be an essential part of the day, prepared by the children and served as a social gathering.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a summer filled with fun and happy memories for children 0-13 years.


    » Work with a range of skilled practitioners to deliver a range of play, wellbeing and creative activities for children 0-13

    What success will look like

    Participants from each age range
    Feedback from children, parents, staff, community and outside agencies

    Aim 2

    Provide a free healthy lunch and refreshments for the duration of the project


    » Children to participate in daily morning cooking sessions to prepare a nutritional lunch for everyone.
    » Work in partnership with our local community food surplus organisation City Harvest for the allocation of excess food.

    What success will look like

    Participation within the daily lunch social gathering.
    Feedback on the;
    meals and refreshments
    skills acquired from participation in food preparation

  • Impact


    Advocate the issue of Summer Poverty
    The need for free play service during the long summer holiday. For continued positive learning and development and to give a safe environment for children and families that can provide guidance and support. Summer poverty affects families; development, safety and wellbeing.
    Case studies and data collection. Exploring with participants why they have chosen to participate, needs and how best to support during the summer.


    Cost – Good quality experiences and meaningful activities by skilled experts, is expensive. The project is based on 75hrs over 5 weeks, this can be adjusted to the funds raised.


    A range of methods we will be used; bulletins - executive report - visits. Social media will be the most effective method that will be used to capture the project from start to finish.
    We would explore with donors which methods suit them best.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,850

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,250 Core facilitation staff Core team of 5 skilled practitioner; Early Years, Play, Sport and Creative Arts
      £550 Play resources and equipment malleable and perishable play resources
      £400 Food and refreshments Food store cupboard and refreshments. Budget of £25 per day to supplement surplus food
      £150 Advertising and promotion printing and distribution of project in and around the communty
      £500 Launch and Farewell event Enhanced activities including Face painting, BBQ, entertainment, Bouncy
      £1,500 Project Manager HR, planning, effective programme delivery and monitoring
      £1,500 Outings Premises and equipment
  • Background


    Delivery will take place within Max Roach Play centre within Brixton Lambeth. Located on the park within a purposely build premises, the centre provides a halo for children and families within the area. Max Roach has two segments for both young and older children.
    Brixton is within the Coldharbour ward of Lambeth the most deprived in this area and many of the users of Max Roach are affected by the effects of this disadvantage.


    Immediate beneficiaries
    Children and young people 0 - 13 years.
    Families with children
    Parents and carers of children under 8 years will benefit as they will be expected to stay and participate in the activities with their children

    The project will have a benefit to the wider community and statutory services for children, young people and families that access the programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Loughborough Community Centre are advocates for play within our area. We delivery the play, children and family services from the Max Roach Centre.
    Established in 1981 by local residents, LCC is led and provides for the needs of our community through grass roots projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Candice James - Manager

    Making it happen! Operation Early years teacher and community ambassador. Passionate about education / equality of opportunity and the great outdoors

    Rupert Coney - Volunteer

    Trustee Chair - with a background in Business Consultancy Rupert has a passion for community development for children and young people

Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.

Friedrich Frobel