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Project information

Summer Stars

Summer Stars is a summer camp for young people with a disability living within marginalised communities. We use sport and youth work to promote healthy lifestyles and develop key life skills which contribute to independence and increased aspirations for the future

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: The Change Foundation

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  • Need


    There is generally a lack of specially designed summer camps that focus on working with young people with a disability. Research suggests that young people with a disability participate in significantly lower amounts of physical activity then young people without a disability and they tend to have higher co-morbidity risk factors as a result. Reduced self-confidence and social skill development are incredibly common within this group which in turn has a direct negative impact on independence.


    Summer Stars looks at developing the positive behaviours which are needed to become more self-confident and less isolated. It’s proven that low confidence levels and negative self-efficacy can lead to social exclusion. Summer Stars expose's the participants to inspirational role models who mentor the young people throughout the camp. A strong emphasis is placed on the benefits of leading a healthy active lifestyle and every day young people are provided with a healthy breakfast and lunch.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase self-confidence


    » Through sport, young people learn about what leadership is and how they can develop their own leadership skills and apply this in real life scenarios
    » Working with mentors, young people set their own personal short term goals and create their own actions
    » A motivational workshop facilitated by international disability sports persons as well as inspirational disabled graduates from The Change Foundation

    What success will look like

    Young people will complete questionnaire's at the start and the end of the camp. Coach mentor observation checklists will also be completed for each young person.

    Aim 2

    Develop young person’s understanding of healthy eating


    » Through creative games, young people increase their knowledge about what makes up a healthy balanced diet as well the importance of exercise.
    » Young people help to prepare a healthy nutritious lunch as well as learn about the ingredients used and the food groups associated.
    » Through fun and engaging exercise sessions, young people learn how to check their resting heart rate as well as learn about how the heart works.

    What success will look like

    Young people will be able to identify healthy foods as well help prepare and cook a healthy meal.

    Aim 3

    Increase skills for independent travel


    » Young people are divided into teams and have to work together to achieve the task which involves the use of travel app's and using public transport.
    » supported by Coach Mentors, young people experience using different forms of public transport and travel to a different destination.
    » Young people take part in a specialised workshop where they help plan the travel logistics for a real life Change Foundation event.

    What success will look like

    Young people will demonstrate increased travel independence skills through the associated activities and tasks. This will also be documented through Coach Mentor checklists.

    Aim 4

    Develop young person’s ability to understand their own emotions


    » Young people learn how to identify different emotions and how to use coping mechanisms to assist them with day to day challenges.
    » Young people take part in 'real life scenario' training which is delivered by an expert facilitator who has ASD them self
    » Young people take part in sporting activities where they learn to officiate and deal with conflict. This is then linked back into real life examples.

    What success will look like

    Through one to one mentoring sessions, young people will be able to highlight the emotions they struggle with and learn coping mechanisms for dealing with these.

    Aim 5

    Improve young person’s communication and team work skills


    » Through sport, young people learn about the different types of communication and how to use them effectively in day to day life.
    » Through sport and youth work, young people will develop a greater understanding about why team work is a very important life skill.
    » Through creative tasks, young people learn about the importance of effective team work when trying to solve a problem together.

    What success will look like

    Through completing Personal Development Plans, young people will identify why these skills are important for daily life. Coach Mentor observation checklists will also be used.

  • Impact


    Young people feel empowered and more confident about their future.This will be supported by extra optional one to one mentoring sessions. They also expand their friend circle and support network which in turn helps to reduce social isolation. Young people are sign posted to disability sports clubs which helps to develop communication skills and self-confidence as well as help them to lead a healthy active lifestyle. They will also become part of TCF Alumni network and invited to various events


    Recruitment for the camp. Since 1995, The Change Foundation has been delivering sport for development programmes for young people with a disability. In the UK we have engaged with over 10,000 young people with a range of disabilities and have developed a strong reputation and a wide network of referral partners as a result. Our expert Coach Mentors are able to build strong relationships with the client group due to the volume of quality experience they bring.


    Upon completion of the Summer Stars camp we will produce a full report for all donors including a small video which brings the words and successes' of the camp to life. This will also include case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,175

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Staffing Coach Mentors including Camp Supervisor
      £1,500 Venue Indoor and outdoor sports space including workshop space and kitchen
      £250 Caterer Food education, prepare and support with the production of breakfast and lunch for young people
      £335 Food Breakfast and lunch ingredients
      £600 Recruitment and planning production of marketing materials, recruitment meetings, camp development and planning
      £225 Equipment and resorces Sports kit, workshop materials and stationary
      £300 Monitering and evaluation Production of report as well as collating and analysing data
      £465 overheads Insurance, office overheads
  • Background


    The Summer Stars camp will be held at our wonderful purpose built facility in Wallington in the London Borough of Sutton and on the edge of Croydon. This facility is fully equipped for supporting young people with a disability and includes indoor and outdoor sports activity space, a teaching classroom, social recreation areas as well as cooking facilities. The facility is in close proximity to two large housing estates each with high levels of deprivation and anti-social activity.


    Summer Stars will engage with young people, 12-18 years old with learning disabilities. We anticipate that we will work young people who have been diagnosed with the following:

    Autism Spectrum Disorder 33%
    Downs’ Syndrome 17%
    Moderate Learning disability 38%
    Severe Learning Disability 12%

    It is important to note that many of our participants will have dual diagnosis.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Change Foundation is a global award-winning charity that has been delivering projects in special educational needs schools and community groups for over 20 years. During this time we have used sport as an engagement vehicle; all our programmes are designed to affect positive change in the lives of our young participants. We are experts in engaging and developing long term relationships and helping disabled young people increase their aspirations and achieve their potential.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Henry Glynn

    Head of Learning and Development

    James Wischhusen

    Project Manager and Coach Mentor

    Daniel Levey

    Coach Mentor and motivational speaker

    Maddy Ford

    Young woman and girls disability coach mentor specialist