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Creative break 2019

Creative Break – Based on last year's success we will once again be delivering a summer scheme catering for an untouched target audience and delivering a range of 6 creative, skills building programmes for young teens from large, poor homes who are lacking positive opportunities.

August 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Teen Action

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  • Need


    The focus of Creative Break is to address the inequality with summer provisions. In our community there are plenty charities that provide play-schemes/trips for children aged 2-11, however as of yet no one has designed programmes for the thousands of high school teens that have no constructive way to spend their summer break and are often bored and not stimulated, leading to bad habits.
    YP in hackney aged 12-16 years need to take a break from learning and engage in creative, fun activities.


    Creative Break will allow 90 YP, who don't have the means to travel abroad, a chance to join fun vocational courses so that they feel fulfilled, are able to develop skills/healthy habits and most of all have fun.
    They will be able to choose an avenue that appeals to them be it floristry, confectionary, wood etching, fruit creations, art or hair styling.
    This will give them a chance to take a break from learning, develop their creativity/skills & relax in a welcoming, healthy environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage young people to make healthy choices.


    » 40 hours of fruit creations, where YP will learn how to create masterpieces from fruit and see how fruit can become a pleasing part of their diet.
    » Only healthy refreshments will be available during our 2 week programme, encouraging YP to make healthy choices.

    What success will look like

    Increased healthy choices will be demonstrated through feedback forms and the amount of healthy refreshments that are consumed over the 2 week period.

    Aim 2

    To provide YP with positive opportunities to develop new skills and interests and unleash creativity


    » 40 hours of art sessions, exploring silk painting and clay modelling.
    » 40 hours of wood etching, exploring pyrography techniques and creating art on wood.
    » 40 hours of confectionary, exploring different ways of decorating cakes and the art of baking.
    » 40 hours of floristry, exploring different ways of arranging flowers. 40 hours of hair styling.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback, questionnaires and the successful creations of their masterpieces.

    Aim 3

    To promote the inclusion of YP with disabilities.


    » We'll welcome YP with physical dissabilities & accomodate them in our wheelchair friendly premises with lift, disabled toilet and accessible kitchen.

    What success will look like

    We will keep a register of all YP including disabled YP. We will note the percentage and number of disabled participants.

    Aim 4

    To allow YP to relax and take a break from learning in a welcoming environment.


    » We will provide a total of 320 hours of creative activities to 90 YP during 2 weeks in August 2019.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires.

    Aim 5

    To increase social opportunities, confidence and self-esteem.


    » Activities will take place in small groups of 15-20 YP, encouraging social interactions and opportunities for new friendships.
    » Engaging and excelling in new hobbies/skills will increase confidence and self-esteem in YP.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires and through tutor session evaluation notes.

  • Impact


    YP will return to school healthy, enthusiastic and in a positive frame of mind. This will ensure a more positive school experience, with better achievements both scholastically, emotionally and socially. They'll have gained new skills, unleashed creativity and discovered new hobbies that may even provide a future career path!
    We will demonstrate this through YP feedback and questionnaires as well as phone calls to schools and YP in January 2019 to gauge long term impact.


    1. Not enough users -low risk as there are no similar provisions and a high demand (last year we had 114 expressions of interest).
    2. Health and Safety Risks/ Fire risk - We have risk assessments for the building and every activity that runs on our premises.
    3. There may not be enough funding to cover the project - we've planned a detailed budget (based on last year's pilot programme) along with quotes for items over £100 and included everything we need so as to avoid any unexpected costs.


    At the end of the summer holidays we will send a detailed report to funders, including comments from YP, statistical data from questionnaires and some images.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,460

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,600 Project Manager Project Manager to oversee the entire project from beginning until after reporting.
      £8,400 Session staff £35/hour for 40 hours for each of the 6 session staff.
      £850 Advertising Advertising and promotional material
      £300 Volunteer expenses Full day training, DBS checks and travel costs for volunteers.
      £500 Printing & Stationary Cost of all rpinting and stationary used for the programmes
      £250 Utilities & Cleaning cost of utilities for 2 weeks for the entire building and cleaning staff.
      £960 Healthy refreshments refreshments capped at £120/day (for 90 people) for 8 days
      £5,600 Equipment and materials £1460-floristry. £640-confectionary. £1420-hairstyling. £520-pyrography. £760-fruit. £800-art.
  • Background


    We serve Hackney and Haringey –two highly deprived boroughs in London (“Over 44 per cent of children in Hackney are living below the poverty line – more than double the national average” -Hackney Post).
    Hackney is the 11th most deprived local authority in England!
    The summer programmes will take place at our large, 3 story, disabled friendly premises - 85a Lordship Road, where we have been running programmes and activities for over 12 years now and have the space/facilities to accommodate 90 YP


    90 young people aged 11-15 years from inner city, low income families, many on benefits, living in over-crowded accommodation with few opportunities for vocational courses due to cultural requirements and lack of funds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Recently Teen Action reached a major milestone, achieving our Gold Quality Mark from London Youth, a programme accredited by City & Guilds. Working on this has improved our management, the scope of our work, business plan, operations and quality of work with YP.
    We are supported by major players such as BBC CiN, Awards for All, Peoples Postcode Trust... To date we've served over 580 teens! We are youth led and this programme has been shaped by participants of last year's Creative Break.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ms E Phirer

    Project manager with over 4 years experience in the voluntary sector as a director and managing programmes for Teen Action.

“I loved every minute and am looking forward to next year. I wish it could be for longer…”

Malki K. Creative Break 2018 beneficiary