Project information

Jacari Bristol

Ensure the sustained continuation of the Bristol expansion of Jacari from Oxford.

3 Years

Charity information: Jacari

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  • Need

    Need

    According to NALDIC, in 2013 there were 4742 children in state schools in Bristol speaking English as an additional language. In the schools Jacari Bristol currently works with, the percentage of EAL learners is between 52% and 88%; considerably more than the 16.85% national average. Children from first-generation immigrant backgrounds are at high risk of underachieving in schooln; lack of access to the English language can lead to social exclusion and feelings of isolation.

    Solution

    Jacari’s mission is to tackle educational inequality and social exclusion through the provision of free home tutoring from student volunteers to EAL children. We strongly believe in promoting an ethos of community, support and tolerance at a time when integration and cohesion is more important than ever. We believe that by joining Jacari either as a volunteer, friend, pupil or partnering school, you are becoming part of a Jacari family; one that works hard, together as part of a wider community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To tackle educational inequality and social exclusion for EAL children

    Activities

    » The provision of free home tutoring from student volunteers to EAL children.

    Each term, focus groups are also conducted with teachers from the schools we work with to evaluate if Jacari pupils are demonstrating improvements in access to the curriculum.


    Aim 2

    To promote an ethos of community, support and integration and increase confidence

    Activities

    » Jacari matches UoB students with children from the most disadvantaged areas in Bristol, bringing together different groups in the community
    » Jacari holds events for the children, families and volunteers we work with, offering an opportunity for them to meet people from various backgrounds

    Through the above focus groups. We send volunteers surveys to monitor the impact they believe their tutoring is having on their pupil, as well as child-friendly questionnaires.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Jacari Bristol aims to increase children’s confidence in communication, thus theoretically raising their educational attainment. We also aim to promote confidence and peace of mind in the community. Jacari volunteers are taught the importance of building lasting relationships with pupils and their families, also acting as a mentor. We will demonstrate our successes through testimonials of schools, students and volunteers, as well as feedback in focus groups and surveys.

    Risk

    Lack of sufficient funding to cover the costs of the project would present a significant risk. The Bristol expansion is currently managed by a part-time Coordinator. Costs of salary, rent and other overheads total around £14,000. Jacari relies on funding made from individual donations, grants and social enterprise. We have researched expanding the social enterprise Charity Football League from Oxford, begun a matched-funding push, and have been applying to various grants to try and secure funds.

    Reporting

    Through regular updates via e-bulletins. The Coordinator also compiles a quarterly report for the trustees, which is relayed to stakeholders, and at the end of the year the Annual Report is collated providing a detailed breakdown of the year’s progress and positive change.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,182

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,400 Coordinator Salary Salary for part-time Coordinator
      £275 Transport Coordinator and volunteer Transport (schools and Trustee meetings)
      £500 Events Volunteer and Jacari pupil events, including socials, recruitment and workshops
      £200 Teaching Resources Training and resources for online and physical library for volunteers.
      £220 Publicity social media, merchandise, leaflets, fairs
      £1,800 Rent Rent @150 a month
      £1,587 Admin Coordinator training, DBS checks, IT and office supplies, printing, memberships
      £200 Fundraising Expenses relating to fundraising (raffle prizes etc)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Matched-Funding £5,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    According to NALDIC, in 2013 there were 4742 children in state schools in Bristol speaking English as an additional language. In the schools Jacari Bristol currently works with, the percentage of EAL learners is between 52% and 88%; considerably more than the 16.85% national average. In Lawrence Hill, where we currently focus our work, around 30% of residents speak English as an Additional Language compared to Bristol’s average of 9%.

    Beneficiaries

    Jacari's beneficiaries include children aged 6-16; those from migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, BME backgrounds; families, lone parents; local residents.

    Students benefit from the project by building a lasting relationship with a Jacari pupil and their family; experiencing Bristol outside the University bubble; developing valuable skills; making a tangible difference to child’s life.

    Schools also benefit through increased pupil confidence in the classroom and increased access to the curriculum

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having been established in Oxford for over 8 years, Jacari has confidence in the project's success and has proof of concept. The successful matching of around 200 volunteers with Jacari pupils from 17 schools in the Oxford community demonstrates Jacari's ability to match the need in the area, and that there is faith and value in the service provided. Jacari Oxford also provides Mother's Classes for Jacari families, something facilitated by a full-time member of staff and adequate resources.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mona Sakr, Chair Of The Trustees

    Our Chair of Trustees line manages the Coordinator and liaises with other trustee members to give advice and direction to the project

    Fleur Roussel-Ward, Coordinator - Jacari Bristol

    Our part-time Coordinator has day-to-day management of the project

    Student Committee

    9 students from the University of Bristol lead the student-side of the project, including events, publicity and recruitment

    Volunteers

    Our volunteers are the most crucial element of the project! They provide the home tutoring that is central to our service.

I felt impassioned by the mission of Jacari; it was incredible to me that a project like itself did not already exist in Bristol given the high level of need. Integration, inclusion and respect are crucial to community cohesion, and I believe Jacari Bristol supports this in its aims.

Fleur Roussel-Ward, Jacari Bristol Coordinator