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Project information

RPT/P3 North Kensington Summer Play Programme

Exposure to arts, music, sports, crafts, exercise and outdoor space have been proven to have life-long benefits to children, but not all children have access to safe areas to play and explore, which is why we host a daily Play Centre for children aged 5 to 13 years old from North Kensington.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: People, Potential, Possibilities

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  • Need


    Many children living in North Kensington, London lack safe spaces to play and suffer from reduced access to sports, arts, music, crafts and confidence-building activities. Food poverty and childhood obesity are on the rise in North Kensington, with little funding available to tackle these issues. Many families in North Kensington cannot afford to leave the area for the summer, leaving their children with little stimulation and at increased risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour.


    RPT/P3 North Kensington Summer Play Programme will work with 110 children aged 5 to 13 five days a week, 10 hours a day over the summer holidays. Over the course of the summer, we expect to support more than 300 different children. Children will have access to sports, arts and cultural activities and team and confidence-building exercises, as well as freshly prepared breakfasts and lunches. Places are heavily subsidised with up to 50 free places for families who cannot afford the daily fee.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Run a daily summer Play Centre for up to 110 children per day


    » Operate daily Play Centre using indoor and outdoor facilities at Avondale Primary School
    » Ensure we are open to the local community by ensuring no family is excluded on financial grounds

    What success will look like

    Success will be engaging an average of 90 children daily and more than 200 different children over the course of the summer

    Aim 2

    Offer different art themes each week to engage the children and stimulate their creativity


    » Choose a different theme for each week, such as pirates, friendship and exploration
    » Build activities around each theme, such as writing our own storybooks, and creating costumes
    » Discuss how these themes help to focus our creativity and challenge our stereotypes

    What success will look like

    Success will be the majority of attendees saying they tried or learned something new

    Aim 3

    Engage the children in designing new activities


    » Support the children to choose something they would like to learn or try and help to design an activity that achieves this
    » Support the children to work as a team to problem-solve and troubleshoot
    » Encourage the children to engage as many new friends as possible in their new activity

    What success will look like

    Success will be the majority of participants saying they feel more confident in trying new things

    Aim 4

    Support older attendees to complete Play Ambassador programme and develop their leadership skills


    » Register attendees aged 11 to 13 as Play Ambassadors and give them an introduction into the programme
    » Encourage our Play Ambassadors to support younger attendees in activities
    » Pair each Play Ambassador with a Senior Play Worker to shadow them and learn best practice
    » Issue each Play Ambassador with a certificate of achievement at the end of the summer

    What success will look like

    Success will be engaging at least 10 children aged 11 to 13 in our Play Ambassadors programme

    Aim 5

    Support the children to understand the balance between exercise and nutrition


    » Provide healthy breakfasts for all children attending breakfast club (8am to 9am) and healthy snacks for all children
    » Offer cooking sessions to all children to help them understand what a healthy, balanced meal looks like and how this impacts their well-being
    » Run daily morning aerobics and stretching sessions for all children so they can feel how this impacts their daily well-being
    » Offer multiple sports sessions, including team games, trampolining, archery and relay-races

    What success will look like

    Success will be a majority of the children saying that they better understand what healthy choices are

  • Impact


    Our Summer Play Centre will give local children the opportunity to learn, play and explore, thus increasing their confidence, friendships, health and wellbeing. We will demonstrate this success using self-assessment feedback forms that ask the children if they feel more confident, if they made lasting friendships with new people and if they feel better able to make healthy choices.


    A risk is that we have over-subscription of the programme. We have mitigated this risk by asking for a small daily contribution of £5 for children to attend, as opposed to offering all places at no-charge, which has led to over-subscription in previous years. Another risk is that poor weather impacts the range of activities we can offer. We have mitigated this risk by building a strong relationship with the host school, securing use of indoor facilities in case of inclement weather.


    An end of summer report will be prepared for all donors, highlighting what activities were run, how many families were supported and how the children benefitted. Donors would be invited to attend our Family Play Day, which marks the end of the summer programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Staffing Employing professionally trained Play Workers
      £2,000 Trips Operating weekly off-site trips, such as to the cinema, museums and parks
      £1,000 Equipment Arts, crafts and sports equipment
      £500 Cleaning Cleaning equipment
      £100 Volunteer expenses Travel, food, etc
      £1,400 Facilities Hire of school facilities
  • Background


    The Rugby Portobello Trust/P3 is located in North Kensington, an area of the UK with the highest discrepancy in wealth and opportunity distribution. The community is still healing from the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, and support that poured into the area in the immediate aftermath has now ceased, leaving the community in need of support and access to resources and opportunities.


    Beneficiaries of the project will be North Kensington families with children aged 5 to 13 years old.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RPT has worked in North Kensington for more than 130 years, giving us excellent into the needs of local community. We have excellent relationships with referring partners, and we have operated Play Centres for nine years across four London boroughs, including three years of our RPT/P3 North Kensington Summer Play Programme Our Play Centres eligible for Ofsted inspection have received Excellent ratings.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Colin Simmons

    Colin has run our holiday Play Centres for 3 years, using his background managing Children’s Play in RBKC for 26 years. Colin will be Centre Manager

    Riley Taggart

    Riley, Play Dir., has overseen our Play Services for 9yrs across 4 boroughs. He ensures our Centres are both viable and accessible to local families

    Liz Dingemans

    Liz manages our network of 100 volunteers, ensuring they are DBS-checked, trained in safeguarding and the right fit for the service