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Project information

Creative Break

Creative Break - a new opportunity for disadvantaged high school girls to choose from a range of 5 skills building programmes and make new friends, encouraging healthy cooking, creativity and uncovering talents in a welcoming environment during the summer holidays.

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Teen Action

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  • Need


    The focus of Creative Break is to address the inequality with summer provisions. In our community there are plenty charities that provide play-schemes/trips for children aged 2-11, however as of yet no one has designed programmes for the thousands of high school teens that have no constructive way to spend their summer break and are often bored and not stimulated, leading to bad habits.
    YP in hackney aged 12-16 years need to take a break from learning and engage in creative, fun activities.


    Creative Break will allow 70 YP, who don't have the means to travel abroad, a chance to join fun vocational courses during their summer break so that they feel fulfilled, are able to develop skills/healthy habits and most of all have fun.
    They will be able to choose an avenue that appeals to them be it floristry, cookery, wood etching, fitness or hair styling.
    This will give them a chance to take a break from learning, develop their creativity/skills & relax in a welcoming, healthy environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the health and fitness of YP.


    » 24 hours of fitness training including aerobics, yoga and zumba.
    » 24 hours of cooking sessions with a strong emphasis on wholesome food, meal plans and healthy ingredients.

    What success will look like

    Increased fitness will be highlighted through time logs of duration of exercise circuits.
    Increased healthy choices will be demonstrated through YP meal plans and feedback.

    Aim 2

    To provide YP with opportunities to develop new skills and interests and unleash creativity.


    » 24 hours of hair styling classes
    » 24 hours of floristry classes
    » 24 hours of wood etching classes
    » 24 hours of culinary classes

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback, questionnaires and achievement of AQA Unit award scheme certificates.

    Aim 3

    To promote the inclusion of YP with disabilities.


    » We'll welcome YP with physical dissabilities & accomodate them in our wheelchair friendly premises with disabled lift, disabled toilet and kitchen.

    What success will look like

    We will keep a register of all YP including disabled YP. We will note the percentage and number of disabled participants.

    Aim 4

    To allow YP to relax and take a break from learning in a welcoming environment.


    » We will provide 120 hours of activities to 70 YP over 2 weeks in August 2018

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires.

    Aim 5

    To increase social opportunities, confidence and self-esteem.


    » Activities will take place in small groups of 15-20 YP, encouraging social interactions and opportunities for new friendships.
    » Engaging and excelling in new hobbies/skills will increase confidence and self-esteem in YP.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires and through tutor session evaluation notes.

  • Impact


    YP will return to school healthy, enthusiastic and in a positive frame of mind. This will ensure a more positive school experience, with better achievements both scholastically, emotionally and socially. They'll have gained new skills, unleashed creativity and discovered new hobbies that may even provide a future career path!
    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires as well as phone calls to schools and YP in January 2019 to gauge long term impact.


    1. Not enough users -low risk as there are no similar provisions and a high demand.
    2. Health and Safety Risks/ Fire risk - We have risk assessments for the building and every activity that runs on our premises.
    3. There may not be enough funding to cover the project - we've planned a detailed budget along with quotes for items over £100 and included everything we need so as to avoid any unexpected costs. We are fundraising extensively for this.


    At the end of the summer holidays we will send a detailed report to funders, including comments from YP, statistical data from questionnaires and some images.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 sessional staff £1400 in wages for each of the 5 programmes over 2 weeks (48 hours each)
      £1,800 Project Manager Project manager for the duration of the project.
      £600 Healthy refreshments £120 per programme for 5 programmes.
      £3,500 Materials & equipment wood, ingredients, flowers & hair styling materials
      £500 Advertisements 5 adverts at £100 each
      £300 Printing and stationary Office printing and stationary costs for duration of the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hackney Small Grants £4,600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We serve Hackney and Haringey –two of the most deprived boroughs in London (“Over 44 per cent of children in Hackney are living below the poverty line – more than double the national average” -Hackney Post).
    Hackney is the 11th most deprived local authority in England!
    The summer programmes will take place at our large, 3 story, disabled friendly premises - 85a Lordship Road.


    70 young people aged 11-16 years from inner city, low income families, many on benefits, living in over-crowded accommodation with few opportunities for vocational courses due to cultural requirements and lack of funds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Recently Teen Action reached a major milestone, achieving our Gold Quality Mark from London Youth, a programme accredited by City & Guilds. Working on this has improved our management, the scope of our work, business plan, operations and quality of work with YP.
    We are supported by major players such as BBC CiN, Awards for All, Peoples Postcode Trust... To date we've served over 480 teens and have achieved an 87% employment rate, an
    increase of 17% since 2010.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Esther Hoffman

    Project Manager and safeguarding officer. She has a PTTLS Level 4 certificate and is a DSL. She has over 6 years experience in the voluntary sector.

“There was an atmosphere of warmth and encouragement. The quality of relationships with young people came across very strongly... ”

Beth Williams. Quality and Membership Officer, London Youth