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Project information

Friendship Works Summer Give

Donate now to provide disadvantaged children from inner London boroughs with fun activities, ensuring a safe and carefree summer. Including:
- one-to-one outings with their mentor
- a summer event celebrating the friendships between children and their mentors, with fun activities and healthy food.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Family Action

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  • Need


    We work in some of London's most deprived boroughs, eg Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty (53%) of all the UK’s local authorities (End Child Poverty, 2018). We support children who face multiple and complex challenges eg:
    - poverty
    - domestic violence/addiction
    - responsibilities as young carers
    - disabilities
    - bereavement
    - mental illness
    - social isolation
    - leaving the care system

    These issues can impact on their summer holidays, leaving them afraid, lonely and anxious.


    Over the summer holidays and throughout the year, for a minimum of two years, our adult volunteer mentors take children at the weekend. Mentors provide one-to-one support, friendship and fun activities for children who may not otherwise have these opportunities. During the summer we will also hold a fun event to celebrate these friendships and give children a chance to meet other young people who face similar challenges.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve children's social and emotional development through quality friendship.


    » Our mentors build a strong and trusting friendship with a child through outings together at the weekend three times a month, for at least two years.
    » The celebration event gives children a chance to meet other young people and build on their social skills.

    What success will look like

    Regular review meetings with the child, their parents and mentor enable us to monitor improvements in their social and emotional skills over time using a bespoke questionnaire.

    Aim 2

    Increase children's self-esteem, resilience and sense of identity.


    » Our friendships help children believe themselves and give them a sense of belonging and security so they are better equipped to deal with challenges.
    » The celebration event rewards both children and their mentors for the progress they have made and gives them a sense of pride and achievement.

    What success will look like

    Regular review meetings with the child, their parents and mentor enable us to monitor changes and see their self-esteem, resilience and sense of identity grow.

    Aim 3

    Provide access to new opportunities that develop children's skills and broaden their horizons.


    » Our mentors enable children to access new experiences within their community and help them to develop life skills, communication and problem solving.
    » The celebration event will include fun activities as well as a special opportunity to be presented with a certificate by the local mayor.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from the celebration event and regular review meetings allow us to hear about the child's experiences with their mentor and what they have learnt.

  • Impact


    Activities have a significant impact on children's futures by:
    - Improving their mental health
    - Increasing their life chances
    - Creating happy memories.

    We measure the impact of friendships for at least two years through weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors; using tools including review forms and case studies. Many friendships continue far beyond two years so we can continue to see benefits over time.


    We mitigate the safeguarding risks of one-to-one outings with mentors through our robust volunteer recruitment and training, safeguarding policies and intensive support/supervision from caseworkers.

    For the celebration event we will complete a risk assessment, specific to the planned activities. We ensure the celebration event appeals to children by involving them in the choice of activities.


    Donors will have the option to receive information eg case studies, quotes and photographs, via email/social media. You will have the option to opt-in to email communications. We can also share data from questionnaires answered by children and their parents in the regular review session.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Outings Outings @ £15 max. This covers 4 outings over the summer for 45 disadvantaged children
      £500 Celebration event activities Including materials and children's entertainment
      £200 Food at event £5 x 40 people
      £100 Volunteer expenses For mentors to travel to event
      £500 Staff Qualified Friendship Works case workers to supervise at event
  • Background


    We currently support children in the deprived inner London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth and Hackney. For example, Tower Hamlets is the local authority with the highest level of child poverty in the UK, whilst Hackney is fifth highest (End Child Poverty, 2018).


    We support children aged 5-18 years (average age is 10 ) facing complex and sometimes multiple challenges. These include: mental health issues, being bullied at school, having caring responsibilities for a parent, experiencing domestic violence at home, having special educational needs/a disability or parents being on low income. They often have limited access to fun activities over the long summer holidays, instead spending them alone, afraid or worried.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Friendship Works launched in 1977, with over 40 years' experience. In 2015 Friendship Works joined forces with Family Action who support over 45,000 vulnerable people in the UK each year. Our unique two year model is based on research that longer term mentoring for children has a greater impact. We use a young person-led approach, involving them at all stages, from identifying the type of mentor they want to choosing activities, meaning friendships are led by the child's needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kate Gledhill

    Head of Service Delivery; manages the service and will have overall responsibility for this project.

    Team Of Caseworkers

    Experienced, skilled caseworkers who support mentors, children and families. They also support at events organised by Friendship Works.

    Volunteer Adult Mentors

    Mentors take a child on outings three weekends a month. They go through a rigorous recruitment and training process to prepare them for the role.


£30 matched will pay for a child to go on 4 outings with their mentor during the summer holidays

My mentor took me out and showed me what was possible. Their friendship was life changing for me.

Lee, former mentor