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Project information

The Best Playground in the West!

We will deliver a fantastic holiday programme for children from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. Children will play, learn life skills and experience magical trips.

July 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Venture Community Association

Venture Community Association logo
  • Need


    Holiday schemes are expensive and, in the area where we work, household incomes are low and child poverty is relatively high.
    Children also really benefit from being outdoors during the holidays where they develop in freedom and learn life skills. For children with no outside space and whose parents have no money school holidays can bring little stimulation and opportunity for adventure.


    Our free holiday programme is a mix of play, creativity and adventure offering; facilitated play sessions; carnival arts; multi sports sessions; dance and drama; fresh healthy meals daily; trips and residential breaks.

    Parents and carers are asked to make a very small contribution for lunch and trips however for families who are unable to the contribution is waived.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver three outstanding holiday programmes during Summer, October and February half terms!


    » Ask our children what they would like to do and explore during the holidays.
    » Design and publicise an inclusive, accessible programme.
    » Book expert Playworkers with specialisms aligned with the needs and priorities of the children.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim by evidencing the numbers of children attending and by producing a holiday report outlining the activities organised on a daily basis.

    Aim 2

    To run a carnival arts project that culminates in children taking part in Notting Hill carnival.


    » Organise Venture carnival 'mas' camp sessions for costume making, steelpan and coreography.
    » Advertise the Venture carnival project to attract both volunteers and participants.
    » Make costumes, finalise pan performance and dance routine.
    » Organise transport, risk assesment and logistics for Notting Hill carnival parade.

    What success will look like

    We will photograph and video the whole project!

    Aim 3

    To organise a 3 day residential for 40 children.


    » Book experienced staff to lead the residential
    » » Secure the site, transport and equipment for the residential
    » Advertise the camp, targeting children who are most likely to benefit from the residential
    » Take the children away for 3 days of fun and adventure!

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim by evidencing the numbers of children attending and by producing a residential report outlining the activities organised + feedback.

  • Impact


    Long term changes include and increase in the skills, confidence and resilience of the children who attend.

    This will be demonstrated through interviews with a sample of five children at the end of each holiday as well as interviews with their parents/carers.


    Risk 1: Low uptake/ not filling spaces.
    Mitigation: We already have children asking about our holiday programme. Also advertise the opportunities in good time to the 524 children registered with our playground.

    Risk 2: Accident/ Injury
    Mitigation: All staff are qualified play and youth workers and are first aiders. Risk assessments are up to date.


    We will take photos, case studies and write a full report for donors at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,870

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,370 Play workers 2 qualified playworkers to work full time during the three holidays
      £1,000 Healthy food Ingredients for the preparation of hoy, healthy meals
      £800 Carnival costumes Materials and construction of 20 full costumes.
      £900 Transport Transport hire for trips and residential
      £1,200 Residential stay Accomodation and activities on 3 night residential
      £600 Play resources Materials and equipment for our fun filled play programme.
  • Background


    The Venture Community Association (VCA) was established in 1960 and runs the oldest Adventure Playground in UK, the Notting Hill Adventure Playground, delivering OFSTED registered children’s services. We are based in the heart of Golborne in North Kensington and serve local beneficiaries, in 2012 our ward was ranked the joint poorest ward in London and in the top 10% for adults with long term mental illness. 68% of Golborne residents live in social housing and 40% of children live in poverty.


    The majority of the children and families who attend the playground live in the north Kensington area and are at risk of social exclusion due to living in cramped accommodation, low income, financial debt, Victims of or exposure to domestic violence, NEET (not in education, employment or training) have a family member accessing CAMHS (children and adult mental health services), Maternal depression, parent/child long term ill health, parent/child with a disability and child protection.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 500 local children registered with our adventure playground and have great relationships with them and their families. Our staff are highly trained and have a wealth of experience that they use to help make holidays a magical time.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Danielle Tate

    Danielle is our local Arts Apprentice and has a gift for working with children on creative projects!


Gives a child living in poverty the chance to go on a magical residential break!

Venture is the best place to come in the holidays. We do wicked activities and the trips are always really good. I've made lots of friends here and my mum doesn't worry because its free to come.

Lily, aged seven.