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Project information

The Archway Project Summer Camp*

We take young people on a week's trip during the school summer holiday. This is a camping trip, combined with off-road motor-cycling. It is the highlight of the year for our service users and our staff alike and we need funds to expand the cohort of young people.

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: The Archway Project Ltd

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  • Need


    The Archway Project is based in Thamesmead, London SE2, which is one of the most deprived areas in England. We provide a service that is unique and is especially successful in engaging a vulnerable young people with complex needs.

    We aim to improve the lives of young people who face difficult circumstances.


    Our methods have been refined over the past 35 years, almost all our staff have graduated from our programs so easily emphasise with the challenges our members face. We find that by providing a safe supportive environment, creating trusting and compassionate professional relationships allows our us to support positive behaviour change. We do this by....

    • Providing bespoke ‘wraparound care and support’
    • Providing meaningful skills and qualifications.
    • Providing positive activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We hope to improve the lives of young people by giving them a week's activity holiday.


    » Staff take 25 young people camping & off-road motorcycling. This is an active and inspirational time resulting in enhanced personal aspirations.

    What success will look like

    We will survey all of our young participants using 1-2-1, questionnaires and group forums and we will seek feedback from carers, parents, and referral agencies.

  • Impact


    We hope to improve many aspects of a child's life. A lasting sense of identity, self-confidence, raised aspirations and a more positive outlook on life's opportunities are key.


    In these difficult times of austerity, lack of funding is one of the many challenges we face. We have a fundraising strategy and a robust procurement policy in place.


    We will, wherever possible, share information about the project on social media and also produce a report which we will be able to use as part of the fundraising project for this activity in the year 2019 and beyond.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 Camping Food, fuel, entertainment
      £500 Sessional staff Assist fulltime staff
      £1,000 Equipment Refurbished/additional camping equipment
      £1,500 SIte Camping site fees
      £500 Spare Spares for motorbikes
  • Background


    The Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks Thamesmead 5,307 out of 32,482, 1 being the most deprived. Over 70% of households struggle with low/no income; significant age/cultural disparities; benefit dependency; poor housing; domestic violence; crime; substance abuse and family breakdowns are high. Social Housing accounts for 41% of stock against a national average of 19%. Greenwich has the 5th highest unemployment rate of any London borough and 48% of 19 year olds have no qualifications.


    The project is designed for children and young people who are in some way disadvantaged. The term 'disadvantaged' for Archway is broad as over 25 agencies refer young people to us. They can be involved in the judicial system, in care, excluded from mainstream education, socially isolated, have problems at home or have a physical or mental disability. Those with a mental disability primarily have ADHD or Autism, however other problems include cerebral palsey, complex health needs and Tourette's.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Archway Project has been transforming young lives since 1982, our services have been fine tuned and refined to deliver results.

    Over 25 different agencies refer to our Thamesmead centre and in recent years have we have delivered programs remotely across nine London Boroughs.

    2016/17 stats
    • 87% of students that completed the course achieved the BTEC qualification they were entered for.
    • 13% of students that completed the course rolled back to a lower grade BTEC.
    • 12% drop out rate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Harper - Joint C E O

    Overall planning, control and management of the Archway Project. Line management of all staff.

    Will Page Course Development Manager

    Family man, motorcyclist - road and racing, fan of anything with wheels. Will works directly with our members and develops new and existing courses.


Allows us to open one evening each week for upto 25 young people.