Project information

Secret Summer Spot

Taking a break from routine is refreshing for most.However for our clique of adolescents who are autistic / learning disabled,unstructured time is overwhelming. Our users must always be stimulated, however services for older teens are limited +costly. S.S.S is a quality early evening summer club.

July 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: Ability North London

Ability North London
  • Need


    Poverty and demographic challenges in Hackney mean that Summer disability services are not meeting demand. There are over 35,709 disabled people in Hackney (Shared Evidence Base 2016) and too little services geared for severely disabled adolescents who require constant supervision and stimulation.
    Our users are watching peer their age gaining independence,getting together in cliques and gangs while they feel so alone and bored-unable to entertain themselves,never-mind look after themselves


    Secret Summer Spot offers users
    1)Safe Space-
    a)prevention from possible neglect and unsupervised street activity.
    b)Place where they can feel safe from prejudices due to disabilities.
    Supportive Network :
    a)like learning disabled adolescents who they know from school,other clubs.
    b) chance to integrate with caring mainstream volunteers their age. This also improves community cohesion.
    c)Feeling of belonging to an exclusive group
    3) Access to new skills building courses like gardening,drama

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe space for 40 learning disabled adolescents in a calm casual setting.


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    » to 86 vulnerable teens.
    » Beacons of light: support groups and evenings out for parents and carers of special needs teenagers and adults.

    We will take disabled users and their families on fun trips. Group photos and user surveys will evidence the fun and respite participants will enjoy.

    Aim 2

    To empower disabled teens to master life and work skills so that they live independent lives.


    » Achieving Chefs;Food preparation & culinary course.Participants learn to prepare basic meals such as cooking pasta and chopping salads independently.
    » Seeds and Sprouts; Summer gardening course and winter fruit and vegetable course for learning disabled teens.

    Users will master shopping, cooking and cleaning, gardening,typing skills at our cookery class-therapist,parents and users will report.Exhibition of users products will evidence.

    Aim 3

    To provide nutritious suppers for learning disabled users from low income families.


    » At Teens triumphs, users are empowered to prepare their own meals at our cookery class, they learn about hygiene, safety & nutrition.

    We will provide nutritious meals; its effects on users health will be monitored by our nurse and nutritionist. Users will draw picture of what they ate each supper and rate it.

  • Impact


    Teens triumph will eternally impact users in a number of ways;

    Firstly, participants will acquire life,domestic and work skills such as shopping, cooking, budgeting and communication. This will empower them to live independent lives domestically in addition to provide them with skills, work placements,and budgeting knowledge which will ensure that they are as financially secure as possible.

    Socially, volunteers will gain appreciation for people that are different and be more accepting.


    We have taken into account health&safety risks & financial risks. Each challenge was evaluated.
    Firstly, according to our safety protocol we have nominated 2 Safeguarding who will be on duty at all times.
    Secondly all staff and volunteers are certified in pediatric First Aid and able to take medical action when required.One user is severely anaphylactic to peanuts and Eggs.We have made our venue an allergy zone free area.Financially we are careful to keep costs low and safe reserves.


    We offer donors the choice of updating format; reports, monthly monitoring, interviews and visits and more. Donors can chose to be updated via social media, email,phone, post and personally.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,728

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,553 Recreational trip Recreational trips for 80-120 participants and siblinto zoos, aquariams, beaches and amusement parks
      £7,500 Transport Transport to trips. Collecting participants and taking them home. Transport costs and van chaperon.
      £7,650 Rent for venue Transport to trips. Collecting participants and taking them home. Transport costs and van chaperon.
      £9,500 Food resources and disposables Ingredients for cookery course and supper
      £4,050 Cleaning and admin Cleaning costs,admin, supplies and small equipment
      £9,000 Youth workers Salaries for paid youth workers
      £3,000 Food Fair Exhibition showcasing users work to community
      £475 Recipe Book design and print recipe book for users souvenirs and generate public donations

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Jhon Lewis Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We is based in Haringey and Hackney. Our area is in need for service due to economic constraints and demographic needs. Both boroughs are identified in 20% lowest of multiple deprivation(Knowing Our Communities)
    Demographically,there are over 35,709 disabled people in Hackney (Shared Evidence Base 2016)


    Developmentally delayed and special needs, young adolescents aged 13-17, their siblings and parents.
    All participants are in the low income or unemployed brackets, we service people from a multi cultural community from Hackney and Haringey

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are elite in a way that we are the only not for profit program catering to disabled adolescents and young adults in a respect where we provide after school care and work placements support in manor that is both productive and enjoyable.
    Furthermore, our experienced team and committed volunteers are particular about the dignity and respect of our users which is often a challenge when dealing with special needs.
    We have a sterling track record and have delivered similar projects impeccably.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dov Getter

    Volunteer Coordinator and Project manager. Mr Getter has recruited care workers and volunteers and ensures that this project is run to perfection.