Project information

Home-Start Barnet Family Outings & Healthy Eating

Provide low income disadvantaged families with young children magical yet educational days out that enable them to have a positive experience as a whole family and help build wonderful childhood memories.
We will also run 6 healthy eating sessions for the whole family to share in cooking and eating.

July 2018 - October 2018

Charity information: Home-Start Barnet

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  • Need


    School holidays can be the most challenging and stressful period of the year for many of our supported families. It can be hard to entertain children, tempers can fray and family dynamics can suffer as many don't have the means or the capacity to take their children on outings.
    For a significant number of children in the families we support poor diet is also a big issue as parents lack basic knowledge about nutrition. Many are on free school meals and during this period their health suffers.


    Our activities will provide a welcome respite to children who are living in stressful family situations –healthy food, fun outings to have moments of carefree quality time and gain new experiences, so essential for their development and well-being. For many of the children in our families, outings and group activities like these are few and far between, they are generally unaffordable or logistically problematic. Our aim is to narrow the achievement gap of low income children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help disadvantaged children have the best start in life by providing enriching experiences.


    » Up to 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised outing to Southend-on-Sea in Essex beach trip.
    » Up to 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised picnic in the grounds of Stephens House.
    » Up to 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised trip Paradise Wildlife Park
    » Up to 150 children, young people and families to take part in an organised trip to Arts Depot

    Up to 600 children, young people and families having taken part in outings and events organised by Home-Start Barnet.

    Aim 2

    Help disadvantaged children lead healthy lifestyle.


    » Up to 50 children, young people and families to take part in an 6 healthy eating sessions

    Up to 50 children, young people and families having taken part in healthy eating sessions organised by Home-Start Barnet.

  • Impact


    We will use our monitoring and evaluation system to measure improvements in children's;
    1. Social skills - how well they form friendships and learn to play and interact with nature and the external environment.
    2. Emotional resilience - building their confidence in coping with new experiences.
    3. Physical wellbeing


    1. More children and families wanting to access trips than spaces available. We have in the past used first come first basis approach.
    2. Families not turning up on the day thereby wasted spaces. We ask for a deposit of £2 per space which is refundable. We also use discretion and waive the deposit for those families that are unable to afford that amount.
    3. Cost of coach hire increasing. We usually agree in advance and shop for best value.
    4. Stigma of free food, we ask them to help in cooking.


    Interim reporting to funders and use of social media. We regularly report on our website, twitter and Facebook current activities that are taking place in the organisation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Trip to Southend-on-Sea beach Hire of 3 coaches, staff cost, admin and marketing
      £1,500 Stephens House & Garden Picnic Refreshments & entertainment, goody bags for children, staff cost, admin and marketing
      £5,500 Trip to Paradise Wildlife Par Hire of 3 coaches, entrance fees, staff cost, admin and marketing
      £2,000 Trip to Arts Depot Entrance fees, staff cost, admin and marketing
      £3,000 Summer Healthy Eating programm 6 healthy eating workshops
  • Background


    Three pick up points located near public transport routes in Barnet and Harrow for the two trips using coaches that are accessible to families with young children.

    Picnic be held in Stephens House as we have the use of gardens and enables all staff to be hands and families know where it is.

    Use of public transport for one trip to empower families to be independent with our support to get to Arts Depot. Staff and volunteers will help escort families to the venue.

    HAB centre for healthy eating


    Local low income families with young children in the boroughs of Barnet and Harrow who are struggling to make ends meet.
    Parents of young children who are too stressed out and don't have the capacity to think about what would help their children give the best start in life.
    Children and young people that would otherwise miss out on having fun experiences that enrich their lives and improve their wellbeing.

    Children's health to be supported during school holidays.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    1.We have over 20 years experience of supporting vulnerable children and their families in Barnet and more recently in Harrow.
    2. 70% of our supported families are on low income and unable to afford trips and outings for their children without support from organisations like ours.
    3. We get regular feedback from families and children themselves requesting fun outings that they can take part in with us as they feel its a safe environment to explore new adventures.
    4. health is part of our work

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Suzanne Foreman

    Oversees the management of the project in Barnet.

    Tamar Glyn

    Oversees the management of the project in Harrow

    Grace Hosken

    In charge of the administrative side of the project and will work closely with Suzanne, Tamar and families.