Project information

Summer Dream Scheme

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

July 2018 - August 2018

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 stewing in resentment and frustration.
    Their parents are unable to afford the high costs of a 1:1 carer to provide for their child's needs.



  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved physical health


    » Cycling, trampolining, exercise.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved physical health in disabled children, through cycling, exercise, trampolining, etc.

    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 40 children/young people with moderate/severe disabilities.


    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.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £49,457

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,967 Team leaders 3 Team Leaders (2 divisions)
      £26,250 Play Workers 45 play workers @35 per day
      £9,300 Outings/Entertainment Outings, entrance fees, entertainers
      £1,680 Arts n crafts for daily activities
      £700 food snacks and food activities
      £6,720 transport all children to/from all sessions in our accessible vans
      £840 premises reduced rate for charities

    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 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, and above all, really be able to "let their hair down".
    An additional 348 family members will benefit from the respite provided, enabling them to have a break from the daily responsibilities of caring for a disabled child.

  • 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.

    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.