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Project information

Shining Stars

The project is aimed for parents/carers who have children/individuals with physical and learning disability to reduce social isolation in parents/carers by attending social activities. We also would like to offer carers to take children/individuals for a day trip to local play zone area.

February 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: The Mentor Ring

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  • Need


    Our project will ensure that those isolated and parents/carers have an opportunity to socialise by making sure that there are plenty of activities to keep their children occupied, giving them a chance to sit down and enjoy conversation with one another. We will also offer peer support during these sessions so they can receive advice or talk through their problems. We will invite other organizations to the sessions to share their services that are available.


    The project will involve parents/carers to participate in group mentoring sessions. The participants tend to improve their quality of life by regular interaction with peer group and learn from each other.
    The children will have the opportunity to participate in various activities suitable to their needs and gain confidence.By providing mentoring support to parents/carers through provision of coffee mornings/information sharing sessions, develop confidence and improve health & well-being.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce social isolation and loneliness of parents/carers and children


    » Coffee Morning
    » Away Day ( day trip to Play zone area)

    What success will look like

    Verbal feedback from parents as well as observation by mentors

  • Impact


    Long term changes are meeting and developing social net works.
    We demonstrate this by
    1. the number of times parents/carers attend the activities.
    2. Number of friends they bring along to the activities.


    Cultural barriers-
    Women prefer to have 'women only' activities

    Language Barriers:
    Not confident to attend, due to language barrier.

    We get a volunteer facilitator ( Male and Female) who can organise separate sessions for both male and female.
    We also have volunteers who can speak languages who will help.


    Feedback from parents, carers and Mentors, facilitators
    Financial report ( if required) will be submitted at the end of the project

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Play zone (3 times in a year £400 per visit) playzone for children to play
      £3,000 Coffee Morning Every Week for two hours throughout the year
      £1,350 Facilitator 45 weeks in a year @£30 for two hours
      £1,800 venue 45 weeks @20 per hr ( 2 hrs)
      £1,350 Safeguarding officer 45 weeks in a year @£30 for two hours
      £360 DBS 10 volunteers @ £36.00 per DBS

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big lottery £4,600 Guaranteed
  • Background




    15 Children and young people with Additional Learning Needs .
    32 parents /carers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Charity is based in the Butetown geographically where the most disadvantaged children live and do not access mainstream services. We give 1-1 mentoring support to all vulnerable children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sujatha Thaladi

    Interacting with schools, community , social media

    Eilidh Mehta

    Being a mother herself, the volunteer knows the needs of a child and hwo to cope.