Project information

Baytree Centre

The Baytree Centre is for women and girls only; our aim is to create supportive pathways towards social inclusion for hard to reach women and girls through training programmes, study support & creative activities which help to break the intergenerational cycle of educational failure & unemployment

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Charity information: Dawliffe Hall Educational Foundation (DHEF)

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  • Need


    The Baytree Centre is located in Lambeth, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Those accessing the centre face multiple barriers to inclusion which are identified by the women and girls as lack of English language skills; lack of opportunities to learn in culturally appropriate settings; inability to access employment opportunities; poverty; poor housing; isolation; depression; racism and discrimination; abusive homes; family breakdown and a lack of family support and structure.


    Our services focus on social; educational; training; employment; health and support measures in order to promote confidence and self esteem leading to enhanced aspirations, community cohesion and cultural harmony. All our programmes are flexible, tailoring services to the individual needs of users. 1-1 mentoring is offered to all our clients encouraging positive choices, promoting high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the individual to new ideas. IAG is a key element

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide isolated & vunerable women the means to social inclusion


    » ICT training. Courses offered are OCR Using ICT, Certificate for ICT Users Level 1
    » ESOL: Skills for Life Entry 1, 2 and 3
    » Job Skills (Preparation for Work) with ICT and ESOL to help women into employment, volunteering or further education
    » Literacy

    Recognised qualifications which lead to further education, employment and/or volunteering. Improved confidence and self esteem.

    Aim 2

    To assist & encourage girls to perserve & succeed in education


    » Academic homework clubs which include one to one mentoring (Maths; Science Club; Comprehension & Literacy; reading club)
    » Creative Arts: Art Club; Dance; Cookery & Music. Physical & healthy living activities
    » Positive Relationships, how to relate positively, making friends, taking responsibility, gratitude, commpassion and valuing hard work
    » Residential/Outdoors: team building and leadership activities

    Stay in education – zero dropout rates. GCSE results which allow the girls to either continue in education or progress on to employment.

    Aim 3

    Support parents in their role as primary educators of their children


    » One to One mentoring
    » Family and Parenting Workshops
    » Parents Forum
    » Parents Day. The opportunity to meet with their daughter's mentor

    Parents will have a greater positive impact on their daughter’s education and development – they become role models for their children

    Aim 4

    A weekly programme to support each girl in their academic & personal development


    » One to One mentoring which includes setting weekly academic and personal goals
    » Character Building workshops
    » Academic monitoring through NFER tests

    Improved academic achievement measured at the beginning and at the end of the academic year using NFER tests. Raised confidence in personal aspects of their lives.

    Aim 5

    To prepare access for new arrivals to mainstream education


    » ESOL classes
    » One to one mentoring and support
    » Citizenship
    » Teen Star: decision making & communication skills in the area of sexual behaviour, self understanding & self esteem

    Successful placements of new arrived girls in 6th form, college or employment. Increased knowledge about self and ability to make positive decisions about their future.

  • Impact


    Clients’ horizons will be broadened; their confidence and self esteem heightened, empowered; enabling employment, economic well being, and better family relationships, community engagement; all of which are routes to social inclusion.

    These changes will be evidenced through ongoing surveys, questionnaires and exit interviews during their time at Baytree; continued dialogue through the Friends of Baytree alumni programme.


    Lack of funding.

    A finance committee has been set up to review the financial status on a regular basis to ensure that measures are taken in a timely fashion to protect our services and our staff. A volunteer led fundraising committee is taking a very active role by organising fundraising events; pursuing corporate support and generally raising awareness of need through their networks.


    Donors will receive a 6 monthly newsletter. Individual reports can be supplied as and when requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £550,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £401,000 Direct Costs Salaries; NI; Travel; Training; Volunteer costs; activity costs
      £90,000 Premises Costs Rent, insurance, maintenance, utilities
      £59,000 Admin Costs Telephones; marketing; IT; photocopiers; stationery; equipment hire

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lambeth Council £94,000 Guaranteed
    National Lottery £75,000 Guaranteed
    Wellington Foundation £19,000 Guaranteed
    BBC Children in Need £16,000 Guaranteed
    Walcot Foundation £40,000 Guaranteed
    Charles Plater Trust £32,000 Guaranteed
    Peter Minet £2,500 Guaranteed
    Give 2 Gain £9,000 Guaranteed
    DHEF £45,000 Guaranteed
    Self Generating £39,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Centre is located in Lambeth, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country (IMD 2010 ranked Lambeth 5th in London, 14th nationally) and caters to women and girls living in some of Lambeth’s most deprived wards (Coldharbour, Stockwell, Tulse Hill, Brixton Hill, Vassall) which are all above the national average in Income Deprivation, Child Poverty, Unemployment, Long Term Unemployment and Overcrowding, revealing a need for education leading towards employment Source: NHS Health Profiles


    The Baytree Centre helps in the region of 900 women and girls of the local community a year to break the cycle of poverty and acquire the skills they need to access paid work or continue to higher education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Baytree Centre has a 25 year record of serving the vunerable and isolated women and girls in the Brixton area. We have an unbroken track record of franchising with Lambeth College, repeat funding from trusts and an untarnished reputation with the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mae Parreno

    Mae has worked at the Baytree Centre for 15 years & is the Centre Director. She has worked tirelessly in engaging with local partners & beneficiaries


will pay for 1-1 mentoring for a girl for 1 year

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