Project information

Summer of Play

Brightening this summer for local children aged 0 -16 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 2017 - August 2017

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 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 0-16 years.


    » Work with a range of skilled practitioners to deliver a range of play, wellbeing and creative activities for children 0-16
    » Engage with both voluntary and statutory organisations to ensure promotion to disadvantaged children and families to encourage participation.

    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 Be Enriched for the allocation of excess food.

    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.


    Premises - We will propose to the LA, for temporary use of the premise. In the event of being unsuccessful, we will seek to make required adaptions within our premise to encompass older children, this may have capacity limitations.
    We will also approach similar sites to deliver.
    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 funds raised


    A range of methods we will be used; bulletins -impact testimonies - executive reports - 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: £8,225

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Core facilitation staff Core team of 4 skilled practitioner; Early Years, Play, Sport and Creative Arts
      £450 Play resources and equipment malleable and perishable play resources
      £500 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 Farwell event Enhanced activties including Face painting, BBQ, entertainment, Bouncy
      £625 Project Manager HR and effective programme delivery
      £1,500 Hire costs 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. The section for older children is closed (Summer 2015).
    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 - 16 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 currently have a successful play service for children under 5's in Max Roach One O'clock Club and we would like to extend our service to reach older children and young people.
    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