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Project information

Summer Dream Scheme

Step by Step will provide 3 weeks of summer playscheme provision for 60 children with moderate/severe disabilities in Hackney. Children will be supported on a 1:1 or 1:4 basis by trained play workers to enable them to learn new skills and taste success.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Step By Step London

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  • Need


    Summer holidays are very long and boring for disabled children. Their disabilities restrict them from joining activities, due to the level of support they require. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, they spend their entire holiday resentful and frustrated.
    Their parents are unable to afford the high costs of a 1:1 carer to provide for their child's needs and this increases safeguarding risks and children may be neglected or go hungry. Families so desperately need respite during holidays.


    Step by Step will run a 3 week quality play scheme, 10-4pm Sun-Fri for 60 children with disabilities 2-18 yrs. We will split into 2 divisions, big boys (Markfield centre) with a team leader, and little children and big girls (Step by Step Hub) with 2 team leaders. Carers will support the children and provide stimulating activities appropriate for the children such as sensory play, animal therapy and music & dance sessions and transport will ensure accessibility, providing respite to families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved physical health


    » Cycling, trampolining, exercise, dancing.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved physical health in disabled children, through cycling, exercise, trampolining, etc. Children will be fitter and more excited to do exercise.

    Aim 2

    Improved emotional health


    » Risk taking and trying out new things

    What success will look like

    Success will be: children taking risks, trying new things they wouldn't have tried previously.

    Aim 3

    Improved social skills


    » Social facilitation groups, turn taking, playing alongside and together with other children.

    What success will look like

    Success would be: children reporting making friends, participating in social facilitation groups, taking turns and listening when others talk.

    Aim 4

    Improved family relationships through respite


    » Having their disabled child happily and safely occupied means the whole family can enjoy their break and feel more positive toward their disabled kid

    What success will look like

    Success would be: families able to partake family activities, go on trips without their disabled child. Families feeling more positive towards disabled child.

    Aim 5

    Improved employability and work skills for play workers/volunteers


    » Training and hands-on experience working with disabled children gives volunteers life skills and improves employability

    What success will look like

    Success would be: at least 50% of volunteers/training earning a certificate through training.

  • Impact


    The project will improve the lives of 60 children/young people with moderate/severe disabilities. Summer time children's strength and skills can relapse as they are not in school, and this play scheme will combat the risks and ensure continuous and further development of skills. Families will be stronger and more able to cope with their challenges as a result of bonding together and enjoying time without their disabled child with them.


    We have identified the following risks:
    - Lack of adequate staff: we recruit well in advance and ensure staff are DBS checked, trained in safeguarding, etc.
    - Risk of safe premises: Team Leader to inspect the premises before the start and at the end of each day. Any potentially unsafe areas will be cordoned off and reported to site manager.
    - Lack of sufficient funds:Projects manager would discuss with trustees whether to run full project or reduce the scale according to available funds.


    We send monthly newsletters to all our donors, reporting on what was done that month. We also send out monitoring reports to donors at the end of each project. We are delighted for funders to actually come and visit the project and see the impact of the work we are doing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £66,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,860 Team leaders 3 Team Leaders (2 divisions) 6 hours 6 days x3 weeks @£15p/h
      £48,600 Play Workers 45 play workers @£60 per day
      £5,040 Transport 2 runs dailyx2@£35 per run for 36 runs
      £7,500 Activities and trips Averaged amount for entertainers and trips, arts and crafts budgeted at £416 per day

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hackney Playscheme Grant £3,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Adolescent boys:
    Markfield Project, Markfield Road London N15
    Younger children and adolescent girls:
    Step by Step hub, 39 High Road, London N15 6DS


    60 children/young people boys and girls ages 2-18 with moderate/severe disabilities will benefit by spending their holiday in a stimulating and fun environment. They will gain life skills, improve their physical health and independence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Step by Step have been servicing this vulnerable group of users for over 20 years. We have developed the skills and sensitivity necessary to provide the best provision for our users. Parents trust us and users enjoy coming to our sessions. We are commissioned by Hackney and Haringey council to offer after school activities and our experience makes an a trusted organisation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Moshe Dovid Friedman

    Team Leader of our adolescent boys project. MD's been working with our boys for 7 years and is very beloved by all our boys!

    Mrs Gitty Hopstein

    Projects Manager, planning the projects in association with the Team Leaders and users.