Project information

Let Kids be Kids

The Let Kids be Kids project will be facilitating summer activities during the summer holiday period to refugee and asylum seekers families living in Lewisham and neighbouring boroughs. We aim to empower families who have recently arrived in the UK to overcome their social exclusion.

July 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: Afghanistan & Central Asian Association

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  • Need


    While many children eagerly anticipate the school holidays, refugee families on low incomes and travel restrictions face additional financial pressures over the holiday period and can find it challenging to enjoy the British summer. A recent focus group help with refugee mothers attending our women's group found that almost all parents could not afford a family holiday and found even day trips unaffordable.


    To support refugee families fill the void of the lack of involvement in summer activities, we aim to support up to 10-15 families by organising a wide range of educational field trips and recreational activities so that they can learn, play, and heal in a safe environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote integration and inclusion by providing family learning opportunities


    » Organise field trips to British historical educational sites Set family activities and challenges to be completed at each trip

    What success will look like

    10-15 refugee families will have a better understanding of the British way of life

    Aim 2

    Supports the personal growth, cultural adjustment, and education of refugee youth


    » Involve young people in the planning of the trips giving responsibilities to them and involving them in the decision making

    What success will look like

    Children will have increased confidence of living in the UK and becoming adjusted to their new lives by feeling part of the British society.

    Aim 3

    Support children to keep active and involved


    » Organise activity based trips for the whole family to take part in together Provide healthy refreshments throughout project

    What success will look like

    Families will have improved mental health and well being through interacting with other people from the same background as them.

  • Impact


    The project aims to respond to the isolation and lack of engagement of refugees. The project offers a pathway of developed engagement that enables and empowers people to have a greater level of engagement and choice through language, confidence, skills, a sense of purpose and connections to their host nation. The project will increase the confidence of refugees and asylum seeker families to become active members of British communities.


    One of the key risks the project may face is the poor supervision of children. We have dealt with this by ensuring that we inform parents that they are responsible for the supervision of their children during all field trips and activities. We have also put in a place a detailed risk assessment for the project.


    We will be monitoring the activities weekly through feedback and evaluations forms after each trip, in order to ensure development is taking place in a timely manner. At the end of the project we will also be interviewing families for the evaluation report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,877

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Coach Hire Hiring coaches for travel to sites
      £1,000 Refreshment Healthy snacks for families during trips
      £977 Entrance Fee Trip to Hampton Court and the maze
      £1,400 Entrance Fee Trip to Legoland
      £800 Entrance Fee Trip to Kew Gardens
      £900 Entrance Fee Trip to Dover Castle
      £1,000 Entrance Fee Trip to Butlins
      £800 Entrance Fee Trip to Stone Henge
  • Background


    The project will be organised from our central office in Deptford, Lewisham however the trips will be located in different places in the UK.
    We propose to organise trips to the following sites:
    Kew Gardens
    Butlins Bognor Regis
    Dover Castle
    Hampton Court and the maze
    Stone Henge


    Our beneficiaries will be refugees, asylum seekers and migrants families from Afghanistan and Central Asia who are residing in Lewisham, Southwark, Greenwich and surrounding boroughs. 60% will have been resident in Britain for less than 2 years.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This project will be a success because the ACAA has skills and commitment required to deliver and monitor activities, and because the people that we work with have identified it as a need. We have a committed existing staff and volunteer team, who will assist with the development and delivery of the project. ACAA believes that this is the best model as we have the networks to identify participants, and will be able to respond to the needs of individuals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi, Director

    He has been in post since 2003 and has extensive experience of organisational development and people management.

    Claire Rimmer, Head Of Programmes

    She has valuable skills in monitoring and evaluating services at the ACAA and will be using her expertise to ensure that this project is a success

    Nina Khamsy, Volunteer

    One of our longstanding volunteers will be supporting the director in the recruitment and management of volunteers for the project.