An exciting sleepover project for local children in the London Borough of Newham.Why are sleepovers more than fun?
Sleepovers with friends - midnight snacks under the covers, pillow fights, talking after lights out, scary stories and secrets - remember them?
Sleepovers benefit children socially, emotionally and intellectually BUT Children from disadvantaged backgrounds often miss out on this experience. It’s not only the kids who lose out; so do the parents who get few breaks from their hardworking lives, and little time or space to call their own. This can have a hugely negative impact on personal and family well-beingHow will we create this experience for the children?
We will make sleepovers happen! We will provide high-quality, exciting, overnight play opportunities for local children in our community centre. The children will be able to turn up and take part in as many activities as they wish and when they are tired be taken upstairs to sleep in rooms set up with sleeping bags. What will we do to make this happen
Each room in our modern, purpose built, community centre will be transformed with a different fun activity: from arts and crafts, to dance activities, to inflatable play (bouncy castle games etc.).
All this will be FREE to the families ensuring that it is open to as many children as possible. Each sleepover will accommodate at least 50 local children and will be supervised at all times by our team of highly qualified play-workers. What we will spend your money on:
Super-dooper specialised staff: we’ve got a team of highly trained play-workers who will be on-hand all night long to look after and supervise all the children. Each sleepover will have a least 8 play-workers for the entire evening.
Paint, glue, glitter and gunge! A whole range of fun and varied arts and craft materials
BIG bouncy stuff: we have a bouncy castle but we also buy-in a range of really fun inflatable games like gladiator duelling for the ultimate night-time bounce-athon!
Nightime adventures: wherever possible a sleepover will include an exciting night-time trip outside of the centre. In the past, we piloted the sleepover and trips have included firework displays, going out for dinner, going to the circus and seeing a musical!
Snacks and other scrummy bits: we have a healthy eating policy so we offer healthy, but always yummy(!!), refreshments for the children and a choice of breakfast options in the morning!
Accomodation: we’re opening our centre especially over-night for this project so we need to pay for all the lights and heating etc. to make sure it’s nice and cosy!
Spare sleeping bags and pyjamas! Newham, as a borough, suffers huge levels of deprivation. We want to make sure that every child who would benefit from the sleepover is able to come, so we want to buy some spare sleeping bags, pyjamas and wash kits so that families can send their children even if they don’t have these things themselves.Background information
Looking after children with behavioural issues, learning difficulties or those who are at risk of offending can be an enormous challenge for parents. Consultation with Newham Council revealed that there are not enough facilities for children's overnight respite care in Newham. Those facilities that are available tend to focus on either older young people, a specific disability or daytime provision. The Big Sleepover is open to a wider range of people with a greater variety of disadvantages, and gives parents/carers respite and time to rest/recuperate. It also creates opportunities for quality time with other children in the family.This project is part of the NCVO Crowdfunding Challenge 2012 - follow the challenge on Twitter at #crowdfunding2012