Project information

Friendship Works Summer Give

Activities for the disadvantaged children we support:
- trip to a theme park at the seaside
- escape room activity
- picnic in the park
During trips children will have healthy food provided.
Each child will also go on four individual outings with their mentor during the summer holiday.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Family Action

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  • Need

    Need

    The children we support experience multiple and sometimes complex issues such as:
    - poverty
    - living with the effects of 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 have a negative impact on their childhood and even their future life opportunities. For example, they may lead to them struggling with school or friendships.

    Solution

    We recruit and train adult volunteer mentors who take a child out three weekends a month, for a minimum of two years. Mentors provide one-to-one support, friendship and fun activities the children may not otherwise have access to. Our experienced caseworkers also have regular review meetings with children and their families and provide on-call support. Our robust recruitment and training and the high-quality support of caseworker's ensure we get the best volunteers and that friendships last.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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

    Activities

    » Our mentors build a strong and trusting friendship with a child through one-to-one outings together on three weekends each month.
    » Additional trips with mentors and mentees further strengthen friendships.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use various tools including review forms and case studies.


    Aim 2

    Enable children to have increased self-esteem and resilience and a stronger sense of identity.

    Activities

    » Our friendships contribute to the three fundamental building blocks of resilience; self-esteem, self-efficacy and a sense of belonging or security.
    » Additional trips with mentors and mentees further strengthen friendships.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use various tools including review forms and case studies.


    Aim 3

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

    Activities

    » Outings give children new experiences within their community and help develop life skills, communication and problem solving.
    » Trips provide new experiences; eg some may never have visited the seaside. The escape room develops skills including teamwork and problem solving.

    We have weekly supervision calls with mentors and regular review meetings with children, their parents and mentors. We use various tools including review forms and case studies.


    Aim 4

    Build wider social support networks for families.

    Activities

    » A picnic attended by other families gives parents and children opportunities to meet others facing similar challenges.

    We obtain feedback from families following trips and through regular review meetings.


    Aim 5

    Improve family relationships.

    Activities

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

    We obtain feedback from families following trips and through regular review meetings.


  • Impact

    Impact

    - Improved mental health, due to increased self-esteem and resilience and a stronger sense of identity.
    - Improved life chances as school attainment and attendance increases.
    We measure impact for a minimum of 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 measure long term impact.

    Risk

    There are safeguarding risks in one-to-one outings with mentors. These are mitigated by our robust recruitment and training of volunteers, safeguarding policies and support and supervision by caseworkers.
    For each trip a risk assessment will be completed, specific to each activity and location.
    There is a risk children will not attend trips and outings. This is reduced by involving young people in the choice of activity and sending regular reminders of activities' dates and times.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive information such as case studies, quotes, photographs and impact data. They will receive this through channels such as our e-newsletter, website, Facebook, Twitter and the local press.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150 Escape room Escape room tickets for 10 mentors and mentees (based on previous year's cost)
      £150 Picnic Healthy food for families attending the picnic (based on previous year's cost)
      £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 (based on costs for similar trips)
      £260 Food Healthy food for escape room and seaside trips
      £1,770 Outings Outings cost max £15. This covers 4 outings for 30 disadvantaged children over the summer holidays
  • Background

    Location

    We currently support children in the deprived inner London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Southwark, Tower Hamlet, 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).

    Beneficiaries

    We support children aged 5-18 years who face multiple and sometimes complex disadvantages. The average age is 10 years old.
    Children are referred to our service from a range of agencies including social services, schools and child mental health services. Reasons for referral include:
    • Special Educational Needs and Disability (25%)
    • Mental health issues (20%)
    • Domestic Abuse (17%)
    • Social Isolation (17%)

  • 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. Our unique two year model is based on research that longer mentoring relationships for children have 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 and wants.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    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 attend trips organised by Friendship Works.

    Volunteer Adult Mentors

    Mentors take a child on outings 3 weekends a month. They go through a rigorous recruitment and training process to prepare them for the role.