Project information

Summer Escape

We understands that when school is out, disadvantaged kids in the inner-city are often left unsupervised and not given the opportunity to have enriching experiences in a safe, supervised environment. A summer camp will also encourage children to wean from sedentary and tech attachment lifestyle.

July 2018 - September 2019

Charity information: Talmud Torah Torah Veyirah D'satmar London Limited

Talmud Torah Torah Veyirah D'satmar London Limited
  • Need


    All 213 kids live in inadequate homes that don`t match the room & space standard of the housing act 1985- resultant overcrowding is effecting children’s development.Lack of space encourages sedentary habits where users are too attached to technology and developing couch potato habits; they are lacking on sunlight, exercise and benefits of outdoor play.
    Our observations reveals that many of our users` parents lack skills to teach social and personal skills due to cycle of poverty&dysfunction.


    Summer Escape advocates for 213 boys
    (10-15) who feel an urge to escape difficulties of their lives and hostile inner city environment and have a chance to getaway-just like their peers.
    Summer Escape is a 2 week summer sleep-away in Uttoxeter, combined with 3 weeks of day camp, for 213 kids who are challenged by lack of space, anti-social or stressed behaviour and other tensions triggered by poverty.This would be a rare chance for kids whose parents cannot even afford trips nevermind camp.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Alleviate the stressful and painful consequences and challenges on children triggered by poverty.


    » Provide kids with a chance to escape their hostile and stressful inner city lives and explore new areas in countryside with a wealth of trips and fun
    » Provide free access to a stimulating, fun and challenging 3 week day camp experience in a safe and accepting environment. Fun packed program.

    What success will look like

    Users will fill a feedback questionnaire at end of project. Video and photos of children enjoying themselves will further evidence it.

    Aim 2

    Help teens wean from sedentary lifestyle and attachment to technology while promoting EXCERCISE.


    » Limit phones/technology to office. Children are wellcome to use their phones in this supervised setting. Remaining compus is tech FREE.
    » We offer a program rich with outdoor experiences and various sport opportunities including rock climbing, swimming, water sports,football and more.
    » Promote physical activity with inter camp major swimming and football competitions

    What success will look like

    Team leaders observation. Users feedback on forms. Stakeholders, such as parent, career and teachers comment about healthier and more active improvements 2 months after project.

    Aim 3

    Offer skill-building opportunities and chances to hone talent,boost confidence and self-esteem


    » Daily skills building clubs including woodwork,drama,writing,photography, culinery and more
    » Sport and drama specialty groups for very interested kids who want to be rteferred for scholarships to further ed in these fields.
    » Children will have chances to lead team,public speaking opportunities and free style drama to develop intrapersonal,communication and confidence.

    What success will look like

    Sport competition will showcase sport skills. Exhibition of club master work-such as best photography shots, woodwork, drama video etc. will be presented. Leaders observations.

    Aim 4

    Support socially excluded children school drop outs, and at risk teens to develop peer relationship


    » Professional and confidential guidence counsellor available for voluntary councelling sessions
    » Older kids are paired with younger kids as big sibling to help them with packing,laundry and for personal talks.
    » The compus is a phone and technology free zone to encourage face to face social interaction.

    What success will look like

    User and stakeholder informal and questionnaire feedback.

    Aim 5

    Halt Holiday Hunger and empower users from less functioning homes with core food health skills.


    » Breakfast,Dinner and Lubch provided during sleepaway camp AND daycamp.
    » Fresh,replenished fruit & veg snack basket at children`s disposal.
    » children are engaged in voluntary kitchen duty where they will help chef and acquire core food health skills simultaneously.

    What success will look like

    Again children and their stakeholders feedback about their progress. Chef will produce a short report on each child`s improvement in this area.

  • Impact


    Users will be supported to wean from sedentary lifestyles and technology attachment.
    The young people will return to school healthy, enthusiastic and in a positive frame of mind. This will ensure a more positive school experience, with better achievements both scholastically, emotionally and socially. They will have gained new knowledge and appreciation of the importance and enjoyment of a healthy life-style, particularly emphasizing healthy eating and the importance of regular exercising.


    To mitigate health and safety risks we:
    Certify all staff and volunteers in First Aid.
    produce detailed risk assessments of all trips and accommodation.
    Ensure that staff are well versed in ;
    Safety Rules and Risk Assessments
    Safety Working Procedures and Policies
    Periodic Safety Memos and Notices
    Incident book.
    We also face a bad weather risk to our trips ands out door activities. We prepare for this risk with a suitable contingency activity plan.


    Donors will have a choice to visit camp.

    We will also offer to send our monitoring and evaluation report via post/email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £74,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 accomadation 2 week Accomadation for 213 children and 42 staff in Uttoxeter
      £31,500 Meals and snacks 3 meals daily for 213 users for five weeks plus healthy snacks
      £2,000 Transport to Sleep away Return journey for 213 children and 42 volunteers inc. one disability bus to accomadate 5 users
      £6,000 Trip Transport Total trip transport costs for 5 weeks
      £5,000 Arts n Crafts Arts n Crafts for art room and for organised crafts for five weeks of camp
      £8,200 Clubs activities Includes all club costs orgnised by a club center for 5 weeks inc. PHOTOGRAPHY,FIRST AID,CULINERY...

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Awards For All £9,999 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Mayhew Hackney Report that 58.4% of young people living in Hackney, live in households in receipt of low-income benefit. Hackney is also affected by housing crises. This means that 80% of our users live in overcrowded homes. We will take the children on a 2 week retreat in Uttoxeter, Smallwood Manor is nestled on a scenic compass, surrounded by acres of lush wildlife. Young people will have ample space to explore the brilliant outdoors, beyond their crowded and hostile inner-city homes.


    The children who will attend the play days all live in the local E5 and N16 areas which is 90 % social housing in blocks of flats. 80% of our users live in inadequate and overcrowded homes according to room and space standard.None of their families can afford even a weekend away. Many can not afford to provide 3 meals daily as they are reliant on charitie
    RSPB research conveys that 80% of C&YP are disconnected from nature, this negatively effect their emotional and physical health.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We advocate for disadvantage children since 2010. We have a sterling track record with various youth activities including sleepaways and day camps. We have excellent reviews and external monitoring reports. Proof of our success is that 40% of our volunteers were past at risk or disadvantaged users, reflecting on our success with users. Our safeguarding is in line with NSPCC priorities. We do not compromise on quality of staff and program because every child deserves the best.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr L Goodman

    A community ambassador and passionate about children, he has initiate Summer Escape and leads it on voluntary basis.

    Ms C Rally

    A volunteer who with no fanfare has turned around the lives of 3 at risk NEET adolescents last year. Today they excel in best colleges.