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Project information

Summer scheme for young people with special needs

During the long school Summer Holidays 6-7 weeks we want to provide lots of interesting, fun activities and opportunities for young people aged fro 8-21 years who have special needs. This also means parents and carers get some respite, knowing their children are well-cared for and happy.

July 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: Brent Play Association

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  • Need


    The young people we work with are doubly disadvantaged due to various complex medical conditions plus educational and social needs predominantly Autism, Downs Syndrome,Vision and Hearing Impairment, Global developmental Delay
    Microcephaly, Epilepsy and Obsessive |Behaviour. They benefit hugely from social interaction, the opportunity to participate in activities, and make choices about how they spend their time. During the Summer Holidays most of them have very few opportunities outside of home


    We have a Centre designed to offer them stimulation, fun activities, and trips out, but the cost of staffing is the main issue for us. Our clients need a high staff ratio, some need one to one care, and as we pay our staff a living wage, parents cannot afford to meet the full cost of this. With additional funding we can provide more places at less cost to parents, offer more activities such as Arts, Crafts, Drama, Yoga, Music, Sports, and those all-important trips out to the country or the sea

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer Summer scheme places to young people who need it and whose parents cannot afford to pay


    » Sports, team games, arts and crafts, music, dance and drama, and off-site trips to places of interest
    » Opportunities for children and young people to develop self-help skills exercising choice over what they do each day
    » Opportunities to socialise, make new friends and develop existing relationships through understanding, and sharing
    » Opportunities for children and young people with special needs to develop to their fullest potential by building on their interests and abilities

    What success will look like

    By keeping records of attendance each day at the scheme, plus a daily log for each attendee describing the activities and opportunities. Also keeping photos and videos

    Aim 2

    To provide respite for parents and carer's during the school Summer Holidays who are on low-incomes


    » By raising funds to subsidise the cost of staffing and equipping our purpose-built Centre

    What success will look like

    By keeping records of the income and expenditure of the scheme, testimonials from parents and carer's, end of scheme surveys and evaluation for parents, carer's and young people

  • Impact


    Young people will increase in confidence, develop
    their skills and interests, overcome challenges, and make new friends. They will also have new experiences, which will help them extend their knowledge and their boundaries.This can be recorded through daily log-keeping about individuals and the group, and case studies examples of which can be seen from previous schemes of this type.


    Our service is always in great demand as there is a desperate need for this provision, but some parents to pay for this, and as a consequence there is a risk that only the more economically advantaged families can participate. We would try to ensure that all the young people can access at least one week on the scheme, and at least one 'big trip' e.g not local.
    All children in wheelchairs therefore need one to one supervision, and we need to ensure that they are not discriminated against


    We always keep daily logs, and take photos and videos (we have permission from parents for this).
    At the end of the scheme we work with the children and young people to collate all the info we collect and compile a detailed report about the scheme with pictures for all our supporters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,056

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,056 Staff wages 4 staff @ £10.20 per hour x 8 hours per day8 weeks
  • Background


    Peppermint Heights Alperton in the London Borough of Brent. We have a purpose built centre for children and young people specially adapted for those who ave special needs. Situated beside the Grand Union Canal where we also have a narrow boat to use for trips. Brent is a hugely multi-cultural, borough, with many pockets of disadvantage, but we receive no direct funding from the Council, and due to 'austerity measures' we struggle financially to maintain our high standards of care


    Children and young people aged 8-21 who have a very wide range of special needs.
    Parents and carer's who receive respite

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only provider of this service in Brent.
    Our centre was recently refurbished thanks to the support of network Stadium Housing who own the block we are in, and is a wonderful resource for children and young people, as it is very user-friendly, secure but with lots of colour, comfortable areas, play areas, art and craft room, library and quiet area, sensory room, garden and large kitchen

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glynis Knight

    Deputy Manager : organising the various projects, fund-raising, record-keeping, some face to face work with young people

    Doug Lee

    Manager: In charge, appoints and directs staff, manages the budget, some face to face work, pilot of narrow boat

    Julieann Webb

    Finance and admin, payroll, accounts, some face to face work

    Everett Brandford

    Supervisor of scheme, daily face to face work and team leading.