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Project information

Summer Sensation

To improve the lives of 100 financially disadvantaged children from London by providing a 2 week sleepaway summer holiday project with a range of recreational activities. Due to the increasing risk of obesity in today’s society, we will focus on the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

August 2017 - August 2017

Charity information: City Escape

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  • Need


    Firstly, during the long summer holiday weeks these children are at risk from the hot inner city streets lurking with crime, drugs and anti social behaviour.
    Secondly, these poor children face limited opportunities to develop their latent talents and skills, in turn leading to low confidence and low levels of achievement at schools.
    Lastly, obesity within our target community is relatively common, and the children are not adequately aware of the real need for developing a healthy lifestyle.


    We will provide enjoyable activities to enable the children to get away and combat the local dangers within a safe and caring environment.
    We will offer a range of activities in a pressure free environment where children will be supported in choosing an area/skill to advance throughout the programme.
    Our daily sport activities along with interactive, fun healthy living workshops will lead to a significant shift in attitudes, as children discover that it's fun to be active and healthy!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage and promote the need for a healthy diet.


    » Children will be taught about the need for a balanced diet and will be guided in planning the healthy menus for each day.
    » Take the children to a 'pick your own fruits and vegetables', and then experiment with different ways to prepare them for eating.
    » Interactive food workshops

    What success will look like

    Questionnaires - at camps end we will distribute questionnaires to all participants where we will ask them to questions determining their new outlook to healthy eating.

    Aim 2

    To increase children's confidence and self esteem


    » Developing longlasting friendships though different fun social activities.
    » We will involve children in all stages of our programme - prior, before and after, thus generating a great sense of achievement.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from 'outsiders' - teachers, parents and carers, through telephone interviews to people who will be able to inform and comment on the actual differences they have seen

    Aim 3

    To give children the opportunity to learn and acquire new practical skills.


    » We will provide a range of activity sessions in many areas to include: instrument playing, cuisine, arts & crafts, swimming, art, drama and sports.
    » Our end of project Showcase will further develop and expose these latent skills as each participant will be encouraged to perform in their chosen area

    What success will look like

    New skills acquired during the summer will be embedded and further developed during year-round activities by our ‘sister charity’ Friends R Us.

    Aim 4

    To promote physical activity


    » Daily swimming in on-site pool
    » Aerobic and exercise sessions
    » Cycling
    » Hiking in the countryside with the aid of maps and compasses

    What success will look like

    observation sheets

  • Impact


    We will provide children with important skills leading to new hobbies and pathways to employment.
    We will empower children to overcome current disadvantage and mature into resilient young people, active in the community and working together to tackle their problems.
    We will arm children with knowledge and motivation, so they wil become healthier and more active. This will hopefully have a knock on effect on their families, thus improving the health of other members of the community too.


    • Injury to child.
    All staff will be aware of Health and Safety Procedures with full knowledge of immediate procedures to be carried out in case of injury/illness.
    • Availability of funding
    We will ensure that the size and length of project is in direct proportion to the amount of funding secured. Diversify sources of funding and remain aware of all funding opportunities.
    • Interrupted plans due to unsuitable weather conditions
    Be prepared with alternative arrangements for indoor activities.


    We will prepare a full end of project report together with pictures and a range of feedback from the participants, parents and carers/teachers.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £57,256

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,680 Accomodation 120 people @ £13.50 per head x 14 days
      £13,776 Food 120 people @ £8.20 per day x 14 days
      £3,200 Transport to premises 2 cpremisesoaches @ £1600 per 60 seater per return journey
      £3,650 Cost of activities on premises 10 Interactive workshops £1,150 Rental of music equipment £1300 Material for arts & crafts £1200
      £5,400 Transport to recreational site 2 coach hire trips per week @ approx. £1350 per trip
      £1,950 Advertising and stationary Advertising £200 Administration costs (stationery) £1750
      £5,000 admission fees Hire of sports centre £1,500 Cycle hire £950 Use of cultural centre £1,250 Other admission fees £1,
      £1,600 Kitchen supplies and equipment kitchen costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community Donations £18,000 Guaranteed
    29th May Charitable Trust £1,500 Guaranteed
    Jimmy Saville Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will take place in the English countryside town of Suffolk. We will rent a boarding school campus.
    The scenic, expansive surroundings are suitable for the physical activities based programme that we are planning in consultation with our prospective users.


    Our beneficiaries are all financially disadvantaged children from the most economically deprived inner city areas of Hackney and Haringey. 58% of the community we are targeting are on means tested benefits (Mayhew Associates: Estimating and Profiling the Population of Hackney 2011). Housing needs and overcrowding are above average. "Hackney is one of 29 local authorities across the country with more than one in five children living in severe poverty". (J Rowntree report)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our organisation has a strong track record in project delivery and has widespread community trust. This will be our 20th summer sleepaway led by a team of volunteers who are particularly experienced in this type of work. As an established organisation, we have excellent policies and procedures that are reviewed on an annual basis. This leads to smoothly run, safe activities, and sound back up plans if necessary.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Goldie Traube

    Treasurer and overall Project Coordinator who is a recognised Family Facilitator involved in several organisations that support vulnerable families.

    Mrs Yaffa Mandel

    Trustee/Advisor with decades of experience in working with children as a teacher and mentor. She has her finger on the pulse of issues that C&YP face.