This year's Summer Project, now in its 30th year, was a resounding success, with 164 young people attending our structured, participative and inclusive activity programme. The 4-week programme ran from Monday 23 July to Friday 17 August, for young people from aged 9 to 17 years.
The programme was designed to give local young
people, from a wide
range of backgrounds and ethnicities, the chance to develop confidence, respect for themselves and
others, opportunities to learn vital skills and understand the importance of
contributing positively back to society through a wide range of sport, art,
practical skills, trips and training. The programme is especially valuable during the long
summer holidays when, through boredom, young people may be tempted by
involvement in negative activities, particularly those who were not going on
holiday (which 57% of the members who completed the pre- Summer Project survey said they were not).
The monthly programme was designed to widely appeal, with a mixture of team games, sport, creativity and challenge, from 'Build a Giant Cake House' to virtual reality challenges, boxing and body painting.
In addition to all this, there were 3 fun trips out, including a trip to the former US Embassy in Mayfair where members were given a guided tour of
the site and learned about the array of employment opportunities available there, and a 2-day
trip to the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre with our partner charity Snow-Camp,
where six members tried out skiing or snowboarding.
And not to mention learning how to fly a drone!
The Summer Project finished with a surprise event on the final Friday, which was the Juma Steel Band carnival night.
Massive thanks to Octavia Foundation, Young Westminster Foundation and William Shelton Education Charity for their support with this project, and not to mention the youth workers and volunteers who made it such a success for members. Until next time!