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Project information

Kids come in Colours

Children are expected to conform,to fit the box and be like everyone.This pressure is dominant trigger to at risk behaviours.We advocate for at risk children&teens by valuing their individualism,expressed in the unlimiting world of art.We wish to launch an art centre combined with art therapy.

January 2018 - February 2020

Charity information: Sharei Chesed (london)

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  • Need


    Hackney is from the ‘20% most deprived areas in England’ (Knowing our Communities) 94% of our users live below the poverty line. Many of these children live in cramped living conditions with few safe outdoor play-spaces. This means many have ‘nothing to do once school is over’ (Cheryl 9,).
    93% of our users describe themselves to be 1/more- socially isolated.,family dysfunction,poor self-esteem and mental health,BAME backgrounds,disability, multi-generational backgrounds of unemployment-addict


    At a user consultation, users voted that we offer an art haven where they can spend time after school and develop skill, socialise in a supervised environment and even do art homework. Kids Come in Colour will operate 5 afternoons weekly, children will be invited to experiment various mediums such as oil paints, sculpture, watercolour,photography, chalk, pencil,pastels. Etc.
    In this respect art will nurture talent and create career goals and pathways.
    Boost confidence,
    social chances etc.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give at risk & socially excluded children a haven to create friendships, learn skills and have fun.


    » A free art center offering over 8 mediums of art skills, range of art lessons, group and individual art therapy, GCSE homework support, free art...

    What success will look like

    Registration of attendance and users sessional feedback forms will indicate users benefits from the art haven

    Aim 2

    Art empowers at risk kids to explore feelings,reconcile emotional conflicts,foster self-awareness.


    » Deliver art therapy by an experienced art therapist with a capacity to support 65 children
    » Free art where users can engage in art with no rules,competitiveness or instructions-a self-calming healthy approach to achieve self-expression.

    What success will look like

    Art therapists observations and individual children's evaluations. Users and stakeholders feedback-formally-on form and at consultation as well as informally.

    Aim 3

    To give amatuer artists the confidence to engage in and explore creative activities.


    » To celebrate achievements with a public art exhibition exhibitions.
    » Teach basic, and effective techniques in a relaxed environment.
    » Open pathways for career opportunities in the art sector for children who otherwise would have no access to art.

    What success will look like

    Art exhibition will showcase outcomes of users new creative skills. Users feedback forms and stakeholders comments regarding improved self confidence.

  • Impact


    Free access to art will ensure that no child is blocked from fulfilling their potential. It will help boost self-confidence and self-esteem and for some children the start of an art career.
    It will broaden their horizons and expand their life chances.
    Art therapy will empower at risk children and teens with life tools on how to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation


    Due to casual and free nature unpredictability of attendance could challenge our staff. We have assessed this risk and asked for expressions of interest and received beatiful amount of interest in project. It was actually users who requested this project. To deal with greater attendance than expected we have compiled a database of willing volunteers and suitable timing and we will call for support...
    We are dealing with financial risks by becoming more sustainable and diversifying our donors.


    Donors will receive monthly updates and final evaluation. They will be welcome to visit too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,921

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,120 Renovations for aty center Repair of heating/air conditioner, tile repair, window, some plumbing work
      £17,026 Art Equipment Easels,canvas,oil paint,acrylic,watercolour, photography devices, printer, brushes...
      £150 Music System Music system to encourage creativity and relaxation
      £17,000 Salary Salary for 2 art therapists@£25 each p/h
      £3,000 Cleaning Cleaning products and bi-weekly cleaning .
      £9,300 Art teacher Art teacher, 5 days weekly and holidays.
      £325 Training Volunteer training
      £5,000 Exhibition and publicity Exhibition-inc-venue, publicity,refreshments displays..
  • Background


    Hackney is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Every ward is in the 20% most deprived with a 41% family poverty rate. Children and YP are demographically over represented and there are inadequate measures to address needs of very disadvantaged youth which further triggers at risk behaviours. Our group comprises of 80% BAME users, 56% with a history of behaviour challenges and 30% from dysfunctional homes.


    An upwards of 200 at risk children and teens from 6-16 and young volunteers up t the age of 25.
    Our users come to our project via self referral or through their schools/other referral agency.
    36% of users are on medications for emotional/mental disorders.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kids come in Colours is an ongoing service which will be sustained in the future by diversifying funding.
    As a grassroots charity we communicate with users about how we can provide the right services at the right time.
    We have seen the number of Individuals accessing this service increase threefold in 8 years emphasising need of our service.
    This service is innovative and does not exist elsewhere and it’s a free to beneficiaries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachal Gluck

    Art Teacher with a track record of motivating kids at risk to re-enter society

    Soreli Lew

    We are proud for that this amazing community activist will be our volunteer co-ordinator.


£2 for a paint brush-paints a more vibrant and alive life for kids whose space is stark and dark.

`My impression of Kids Colours is of a friendly, efficient organisation that does what it says it's going to do. It brings things that I think are immeasurable, like confidence, happiness and engagement. The children really loved it. It’s proper learning, but fun.

Mrs V.Domb, social worker