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Project information

Summer Project 2019

Our Summer Project aims to ensure that children recovering from trauma have a safe, fun place to be during the long summer holidays. It gives our children the opportunity to spend their summer holiday outside of home, getting involved in exciting sports such as basketball and tennis.

July 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: Solidarity Sports

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  • Need


    We know from talking to our families that summer is a difficult time of year. One mother explains; "Everything is so expensive, I can’t afford to take my son out. One day we went out and I didn’t have enough money on my Oyster card so we had to walk back over an hour to get home.” Most of our children suffer from chronic trauma that has affected their ability to develop emotionally and make friends. The issues they face include bereavement, domestic violence and neglect.


    We will provide a safe and friendly place where children enjoy sports, arts and food activities in a nurturing environment. Playing sports and being active will develop their health, communication and social skills. Through cooking activities, they will learn the importance of a healthy diet and eat nutritious food. Arts and crafts will help children express their emotions and thoughts. Our staff and volunteers ensure that children always have a caring, trusted adult close to them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Helping our children to become more active through sports.


    » By providing a variety of fun physically active games, children will be stimulated over the Summer and spend more time outside.
    » The verbal encouragement from our staff/volunteers will help to increase the enjoyment and positivity our children feel about taking part in sports.

    What success will look like

    We will keep a register of which children have participated in our sports activities and will record memories by taking photos and videos.

    Aim 2

    Helping our children become healthier by teaching them about healthy, nutritious eating.


    » We will speak to our children about the importance of healthy eating and link this to being able to play sports more effectively.
    » Throughout the summer the children will be offered opportunities to cook and prepare their own healthy snacks, meals and desserts.

    What success will look like

    We will have a 'food quiz' at the start and end of the project. This will give us and the children a chance to see what they have learnt throughout the summer.

    Aim 3

    Helping our children make friends and gain confidence.


    » Through activities offered, children meet and interact with others. Engaging in team sports will teach them how to cooperate and encourage others
    » During trips, children have the opportunity to choose partners. This close interaction is a great way for children to build friendships and bond.

    What success will look like

    We will closely observe the children, their interactions and overall wellbeing. We'll ask children individually and as group how they are feeling and note down their responses.

    Aim 4

    Helping our children learn key skills life, such as teamwork and responsibility.


    » Team sports teach the children the importance of working together.
    » Arts activities have been proven to be a wonderful way for getting children to express their emotions. We include these activities during summer.
    » Our thrilling week long trip to the Isle of Wight offers sports activities but also the opportunity to learn to be independent from living at home.

    What success will look like

    We will write case-studies on the impact of our projects. We have seen how children can shy away from participating initially to eagerly captaining a team a few days later.

    Aim 5

    Dealing with trauma caused by the Grenfell Tower Fire. Some families we work with suffer from PTSD.


    » We create a safe and loving environment where children can talk about their fear and feelings.
    » Arts and craft activities will be offered to help children express themselves.
    » New and happy memories are made with friends away from the grief surrounding their families

    What success will look like

    The children and families we work with will show an improvement in their wellbeing after the project. We will keep record of any changes noticed by our staff and volunteers.

  • Impact


    Our Summer project will:
    encourage children to be more active on a regular basis rather than a sedentary lifestyle we see so often these days
    give young people the opportunity to train as sports coaches and achieve employment in this field or similar fields.
    increase children’s confidence through building positive relationships with their peers and our staff/volunteers.

    We'll demonstrate this by our close contact with our families, via phone and home visits.


    One risk is that a child could get lost during one of our trips. This will be mitigated by:
    • all our children wearing high visibility vests
    • having one adult in charge of no more than two children
    • children being fully briefed on what to do if they get lost
    In addition, all children with special needs are assigned a one on one adult.
    Another risk is that a child could get hurt during our sports activities. We ensure there will always be a adult trained in first aid close by.


    We will report to our donors via email by:
    • sending high quality photos
    • sending case-studies on our children and the impact we have
    • we will encourage our donors to follow us on social media to see our journey
    If we receive enough funding, we will make a short film on our summer project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,400 Sessional staff Freelance staff
      £4,000 Trip to PGL, Isle of Wight £400 per child.
      £1,100 Venue Hire and Equipment Cost of hiring a venue and buying or renting equipment for our activities
      £1,000 Volunteer Expenses Travel and food
      £1,000 Transportation Public transport and hired coaches
      £1,000 Food and drink Food for some of the children who can not bring their own packed lunch and for our week long trip.
      £1,000 Trips Entrance fees and ticket prices.
      £500 Administrations Costs Staff and supplies
  • Background


    We use Sian Manning Secondary School in London as a venue for many of our summer activities. It's location makes it convenient for many of the families we work with.
    Our work is usually with children living in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea but we do occasionally take children from other parts of London.
    Our summer trips will include locations all over the Capital. We also take our children on a fun-filled week to PGL on the Isle of Wight.


    Children referred to us come from a variety of disadvantaged background including households where there is:
    • prevalent drug abuse
    • domestic violence
    • neglect
    • depression or other mental health issues
    • financial hardship
    • overcrowding
    • a prominent sedentary lifestyle

    Our nurturing and stimulating environment has been proven to benefit the wellbeing of these children. In addition, our work can indirectly impact the lives of parents, carers and siblings providing respite.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We create an ‘extended family’ and form trusting relationships with our families. We have close links with Social Services and refuges. These contacts allow us to engage with those fallen through society's gaps and/or experienced trauma.
    Over the last 10 years, we are proud to have gained trust in communities we work in and strive to maintain this when new families join. Our accreditation of this trait is receiving feedback from parents saying they feel safe to leave their children with us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Sean Mendez

    As founder of Solidarity Sports, Sean is in a unique position to reach out to the families we work with and has gained their trust over the years.

    Mr Karl Donaldson

    With over 20 years experience working in youth services, including outreach as well as detached work, Karl will be providing one to one support.

    Ms Miriam Lovelace

    Miriam has wide experience working with primary school children with additional needs and won the London Schools Environmental Award 4 times.

    Miss Hinna Khan

    Hinna was previously a volunteer and now a member of staff. Since joining she has built a brilliant relationship with many of our families.