Project information

Friendship Works Summer Give

Donate now to provide disadvantaged young people from inner London boroughs with fun activities, ensuring a safe and carefree summer. Including:
- 1-2-1 outings with their mentor
- a family picnic
- a trip to the seaside
- an escape room activity.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Family Action

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  • Need


    The children we support face multiple and sometimes complex challenges including:
    - poverty
    - living with domestic violence/addiction
    - responsibilities as young carers
    - disability or special educational needs
    - bereavement
    - mental illness
    - social isolation/bullying
    - leaving the care system
    These issues can impact on their summer holidays, leaving them afraid, lonely and anxious.


    Over the summer and throughout the year, for a minimum of two years, our adult volunteer mentors take a child out three weekends out of four. Mentors provide one-to-one support, friendship and fun activities the child may not otherwise have access to. During the summer we will also offer the following trips: a family picnic, a visit to the seaside and an escape room activity, giving children and their families the chance to create happy memories and enjoy new experiences.

  • 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 one-to-one outings together three weekends out of four.
    » Trips with their families and other young people enable them to build relationships and develop social skills.

    What success will look like

    Regular review meetings with the child, their parents and mentor enable us to monitor changes and see the improvement in their social and emotional skills over time.

    Aim 2

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


    » Our friendships contribute to the three building blocks of resilience; self-esteem, belief in their abilities and a sense of belonging/security.

    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.


    » Outings with mentors give children new experiences within their community and help develop life skills, communication and problem solving.
    » Trips provide new experiences and create memories for life; for example some may never have visited the seaside.

    What success will look like

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

    Aim 4

    Build wider social support networks for families.


    » Activities like a family picnic give parents and children opportunities to meet others facing similar challenges.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from family trips show us the relationships they have made with other families through activities.

    Aim 5

    Improve family relationships.


    » A picnic for families provides the opportunity for them to spend time together, have fun and strengthen their relationships.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from family trips shows us how activities help families bond and create happy memories together.

  • 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. Some friendships continue much longer than two years so we can continue to see the child's growth over time.


    We mitigate the safeguarding risks of one-to-one outings with mentors through our robust volunteer recruitment and training, safeguarding policies and support/supervision from caseworkers.
    For each trip we will complete a risk assessment, specific to the activity and location.
    We have ensured trips and outings will appeal to children by involving them in the choice of activities.


    Anyone who donates will have the option to receive information such as case studies, quotes, photographs and impact data; for example via social media.
    You will have the option to opt-in to these communications.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150 Escape room Escape room tickets for 10 mentors and mentees
      £150 Picnic Healthy food for families attending the picnic
      £1,470 Theme park Tickets for 23 children, 23 mentors and 3 staff to go to Adventure Island, Southend
      £200 Coach travel to theme park Coach to Southend for 49 people
      £260 Food Healthy food for escape room and seaside trips
      £1,770 Outings Outings @ £15 max. This covers 4 outings over the summer for 30 disadvantaged children
  • 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 on trips 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