Project information

Full Hearts Full Tummies

We will welcome the hardest pressed families in Newham to attend our fantastic family Christmas show and offer a delicious hot meal in our café space for £1 each enabling children who are growing up in extreme poverty to have a magical festive experience in spite of their situation.

December 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Stratford Circus Arts Centre

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  • Need


    2 in 5 children in Newham grow up in poverty with their families facing extreme challenges including living in overcrowded temporary housing, having no recourse to benefits and being reliant on food-banks. They can’t access or enjoy creative activities or a visit the theatre which significantly strengthens parent-child bonds and supports a creative childhood.


    Full Hearts Full Tummies is an opportunity for families to meet and forget their worries, socialise and share in a joyous experience. Families to come to their local arts centre and see a theatre show with their child for the first time, in welcoming surroundings, and will be served a hot meal in our cafe. This helps families to feel included in the community and supports children to participate in activities that encourage their imagination, whilst creating happy memories.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer 600 affordable tickets giving families an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful family show.


    » We are working with children's centres, foodbanks and community centres to reach the most deprived families in Newham.

    We will track attendance of the families and gather feedback from them and partner organisations.

    Aim 2

    To give children & families facing challenges an opportunity to participate in creative activities.


    » We will support each family welcoming them to the venue and offering fun creative activities in addition to watching the the show.

    We will ask for feedback from all families who participate to ensure that the production was suitable and they enjoyed the creative activities

    Aim 3

    To provide a nutritious hot lunch in our café space served to children and families.


    » We will be serving hot nutritious food cooked and served by skilled cafe staff ensuring that the food is varied and child friendly.

    We will ask families to feedback on the experience and food provided for lunch.

  • Impact


    This project will help to increase arts engagement in Newham by offering tickets to a high quality children’s show to families that can't afford to attend. We will demonstrate the success of the project by working closely with partners to support the most disadvantaged families. We will continue to invite families to our other free events, working closely with partner charities to continue to engage families with creative activities supporting community cohesion.


    There is a risk that families book tickets but do not attend the show on the day. We will mitigate this risk as much as possible by working very closely with children's centres and other charities, who have a trust relationship with the families attending, to support more vulnerable families to attend. We will aim to reach as many families as possible and will build up a waiting list in case of any late cancellations.


    We will send out e-newsletters thanking all donors and giving them information about the project. This will be sent after the Big Give campaign and after the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,600 Cafe Cooking and serving 600 meals
      £4,800 Tickets Price of 600 tickets
      £2,200 Venue Costs Venue Space and Staffing for lunches
      £145 Transport To support families to attend
      £250 Photography Documenting the project
      £150 Art Materials For creative activities pre and post show
      £450 Marketing To support fundraising and recruiting particpants
      £405 Administration Creative Learning team managing the project
  • Background


    Newham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Over a third of children in our borough are growing up in poverty and families face multiple barriers to accessing cultural activities. Stratford Circus Arts Centre has been working in the community since 2001 providing accessible arts activities to local people. Last year we reached over 60,000 people through our creative learning programme and artistic productions.


    Our beneficiaries are low-income families in Newham with young children who are struggling to make ends meet. Some of the families have refugee status and therefore no recourse to benefits. Many families do not leave their local immediate area. This project allows families to feel included in the community. Full Hearts Full Tummies helps to make some fantastic childhood memories, introduce children to the arts for the first time, fuel young imaginations and fill tummies.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We believe that access to art brings joy, empowers people, and draws them together.
    Our creative learning programme works tirellessly with local schools and community organisations to introduce local people to artistic experiences through workshops and bespoke creative learning projects. Last year we reached over 60,000 people through our creative learning and artistic programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Creative Learning Team

    Becky Lees and Tom Newton have extensive experience in working with communities in Newham and deliver all our creative learning projects.


Will provide 6 tickets & 6 specially cooked meals served in our cafe for 4 children and 2 parents.

Some of our families have no recourse to public funds, others are struggling to live day to day and have to decide whether to pay a bill or feed their children, which means the children we work with never experience going to parties or seeing shows.

Julie Baker