Project information

Winter Wows

To provide an active, wonderful winter holidays for 170 disadvantaged children and young people, which will include activities, outings and launch of the talent/skills development & performance program. Talent sessions to continue for 3 months, giving C&YP chance to shine and building self-belief.

December 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Highlights

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  • Need


    Project Winter Wows has been created to help address two of the main issues that our users face:
    1) Parents must work long hours to make ends meet, often over Sundays and holiday periods, which leaves C&YP bored, unfulfilled and resentful.
    2) Many of these C&YP face challenges at school, of either the learning or behavioral nature, and are too often low-achieving students. They desperately need to excel and shine outside of the academic realm.


    C&YP will get a full, active winter holidays, complete with 2 exciting outings. Talent program will be kickstarted by an auditioning event during holidays, followed by 3 months of twice-weekly talent sessions, on Sundays and one day after school.
    Project will provide a safe, enjoyable outlet at key times when parents are out working, alleviate boredom, and give C&YP the satisfaction of working towards a goal - performing onstage. C&YP will discover and develop strengths and build self-belief.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give C&YP an active, fulfilled and wonderful winter holiday (whilst many parents are working)


    » A daily program of activities on premises to keep C&YP safe, stimulated and happy.
    » 2 major outings, 1 during each week of holidays, to give deprived C&YP thrilling experiences, and something exciting to look forward to each week.
    » The launch of talent program during second week of holidays and an auditioning event where C&YP try-out and discover talents and choose areas of focus

    What success will look like

    Observe C&YP's excitement and happiness during activities and outings.
    Hear from C&YP/parents about holidays through a questionnaire for C&YP/parents to fill out after project.

    Aim 2

    All C&YP to develop talents and skills and have the chance to shine. Stage performance in March.


    » 150 C&YP allocated to dance, drama or singing groups (2 groups of each, 25 children in a group) where they will develop talents and prepare for show.
    » Talking to C&YP, we have learnt that some prefer to stay out of the limelight but still want to take part. These 20 will get 'behind the scenes' roles

    What success will look like

    Log books of talent/skills developments to be recorded weekly by leaders and sent home to parents.
    Hear from C&YP about their experiences/ developments at end of project meeting.

    Aim 3

    Support C&YP to make progress at schools


    » Spoke to schools and they will start program of extra support and academic help that C&YP need right after project ends, so benefits can spill over.

    What success will look like

    Liaise with schools, comparing teachers' observations before/after project. Real time outcomes of increased aspirations and progress at schools after 1 month, and after 3 months.

  • Impact


    C&YP will be empowered by the skills they learn and develop and feel better about themselves, leading to improved educational outcomes for this group of challenged C&YP (see Aim 3).
    Talent groups where C&YP will be working together will promote friendships. They will also get to know leaders in a fun, unintimidating way creating healthy relationships with older people who they can share with and unburden to. Leaders will tell us about relationships, and we will ask C&YP about this in surveys.


    Safety, security, and health risks.
    To address the risks of C&YP’s safety being compromised during the project, we will ensure that all leaders are DBS checked, will attend pre-project safeguarding training, and are familiar with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.
    We will prepare and follow a comprehensive risk assessment for all aspects of health, injury and security relevant to the outings, sessions and performance, which all staff/volunteers will be trained to adhere to.


    We will send an end-of-project report to donors and will include feedback from the C&YP themselves and photos of the activities they helped fund.
    We will also let donors know if any changes had to be made to the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,770 Winter holiday outings Indoor ski and snow centre £2,000, trampolining centre £1,770
      £1,600 Transport Transport to/from outings: £400 return x 2 coaches x 2 outings =£1,600
      £3,600 Hall and stage hire Matinee and evening performances
      £499 Audio Mikes and audio system hire
      £675 Costumes and accessories £4.50 per C&YP x 150 cast members
      £4,320 Rental of premises Additional 24 rentals for use of 6 rooms at £180 per session
      £3,536 Refreshments Healthy snack at sessions, 75p x 170 C&YP x 24 sessions. Warm food show eve, £2.80 x 170 C&YP = £476
      £3,000 Transport Transport home for C&YP living further £100 per session x 24, and from show (all C&YP) £600

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Oldhurst Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Highlights is based in the London borough of Hackney, an area long known for its high levels of deprivation. Statistics show (Hackney JSNA) that 'all of Hackney's wards are among the top 10% of most deprived wards, nationally'.
    London's Poverty Profile cites that 'unemployment (in Hackney) is above average for London', which means that many families find it hard to make ends meet and many C&YP are therefore deprived of the amenities of life.
    In this deprived area our work is very much needed.


    170 C&YP aged 8-12 living in London's inner-city areas, mostly the borough of Hackney, and some from nearby Haringey too.
    These C&YP frequently face disadvantage and deprivation. As a result, (or otherwise) many of C&YP often face challenges at school too e.g. learning difficulties, lack of social-skills.
    They need to increase self-esteem and to feel like 'stars' outside of school.
    We are liaising with schools to find out who the neediest C&YP are who stand to gain most from the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with local C&YP since 2008, and are well acquainted with their specific needs and with what works, where, when, and best for them.
    We have run many successful projects over the years and have grown as an organisation, in our membership and in the repertoire of activities we offer. We have a strong management committee and skilled group leaders.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bella Damen

    Show manager. Bella is an excellent team leader with passion and vision. She will oversee all the productions, ensuring everything comes together.

    Lea Schwartz

    Project Manager. Lea will oversee the many technical, behind-the-scenes aspects of the project, make bookings, arrange sessions etc.