Project information

Healthy Eating - Activities – changes Lifes (HEAL)

H.E.A.L Is an action packed summer scheme to improve disabled and non-disabled children’s wellbeing through healthy eating, activities & lifestyle.
H.E.A.L aims to stimulate and enrich young people through healthy food, play and adventurous activities that take them out of the inner city.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Oasis Children's Venture

Oasis Children's Venture logo
  • Need


    London has high rates of childhood obesity and we know that poor diet and/or lack of physical activity plays a large part. We aim to engage young people with skills and knowledge that will enable them to make informed choices about what they eat. Coupled with diet, we know that many inner city children rarely venture out of their localities and engage in robust physical activity. HEAL will deliver a wide ranging programme of sporting, camping and outdoor pursuits in the leafy home counties.


    HEAL will arrest some of the challenges of obesity through a Healthy Eating Food Project that will run throughout the summer holidays. We will deliver twice weekly cooking sessions in which young volunteers will cook healthy meals for their peers. Many of the ingredients will come from our own grown produce .
    In addition, we will endeavour to take young people out of the inner city in pursuit of sport, fun and adventure in the beautiful green belt around London.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote and encourage disabled and non disabled young people to eat and make healthier food choices


    » Meal Planning: Using the NHS Eatwell Guide, young volunteers will select how much should come from each food group for a healthy & balanced meal.
    » Home economics: look at budgeting and healthy shopping based on the number of people you plan to feed. Going to shops and markets to buy ingredients.
    » Cooking and serving: having planned their meals, the young volunteers are assisted to cook the food and serve to forty of their peers twice per week.

    What success will look like

    Measure how many healthy meals we cook & serve to young people during the summer holidays. Feedback charts completed by children cooking and eating meals. Review of eating habits.

    Aim 2

    Improve children's health by delivering fun, engaging and adventurous physical activities.


    » On site sports: we will deliver a weekly programme of sporting activities ranging from football, basketball, cricket, table tennis, dodge ball, BMXing
    » Off site activities: we will take young people away from the inner city & explore natural environments via Camping, cycling, canoeing, seaside trips.

    What success will look like

    Number of registered active participants on weekly basis is a reflection of the success. Feedback charts completed, children & parent reviews conducted, continued participation.

  • Impact


    We would like to see more children aware of healthier options. Shift in attitude to healthy doesn't mean boring or tasteless.
    Children and young people more likely to make healthier tasty food choices for themselves.

    We would like to see more children actively participating in play, sport, cycling and more outdoor activities.

    We will demonstrate the changes through evaluation of of young participants, informal interviews, small interventions in our general programmes and through promotions.


    The main risks are to the safety of the children & staff participating in the project. Risks inc. Health and Safety, Safeguarding & Child Protection, Food hygiene, appropriate and safe premises, public Liability Insurance and appropriate licensing.

    We have a London Youth Bronze Quality Mark
    Safeguarding Policy
    Health & Safety Policy
    Public Liability Insurance
    Minibus insurance with MIDAS trained drivers
    Daily Risk Assessments & Dynamic Risk Assessments.
    Food Hygiene Cert.
    All Staff DBS checked


    We will report to donors in line with the requirements of the BigGive.
    Our standard approach is to produce a full Colour Report with measurable outcomes, pictures, statistics, case studies quotations and exit strategy.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Motorised Karting Taking two groups of 15 young people to a large outdoor Kart Track
      £2,000 Camping Trip Taking Thirty children and young people for a five day camping expedition and activities
      £1,500 Healthy Eating Provide Healthy Eating Programme that will provide 400 free meals over the summer holidays
      £500 Sports Coaches Provide twice weekly multi sports coaches for the Summer Holidays
      £500 Arts & Crafts Workshops Provide twice weekly Arts Workshops
      £2,000 Off site activities Provide twice weekly cultural trips and activities for 30 children per week
      £2,500 Seaside Trip Provide transport for 200 children, parents and carers in community seaside trip
  • Background


    Oasis users represent diversity of the local community: 80% of users from BME backgrounds. We support disabled and non-disabled people including those with multiple / complex needs. Oasis is surrounded by 14 large housing estates. Many households impacted by multiple disadvantage including: low income, poor quality housing, overcrowding, poor health, poor educational attainment, drug & alcohol misuse, & mental ill health. based in Stockwell, Lambeth: 72% of households deprived or very deprived


    Immediate Direct beneficiaries:

    20 children aged 0-5 years
    600 children and young people 6-16 years (20% of which have disabilities).
    100 children, young people from visiting groups
    10 young volunteers
    7 adult volunteers supporting Summer Programme. A further 150 local people will be involved through community activities, trips and off-site activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Established in 1973, Oasis provides a wide range of innovative, enjoyable and educational services across the following three sites: 1) A children’s nature garden 2) An adventure playground 3) A youth go-karting track. Each year Oasis delivers services to around 6,000 people. Giving people living in a densely populated area access to spaces in which they can challenge themselves, build friendships, have fun and feel safe.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Ogwe

    Oasis Project Coordinator

    Danny Himes

    Oasis Right Track Karting Project Manager

    Jolene Campbell

    Oasis Community Play Project Manager

    Gemma Hindi

    Oasis Children's and Community Nature Garden Manager

The Oasis Inclusion Project has ensured that my Autistic son is included and supported in accessing various mainstream play services and the local community, by providing specialist services second to none in the borough.

Parent of Inclusion Project user