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About this Project

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-being

How 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

Get Involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out:
If you have...
2 minutes –
Tell some-one about Aston-Mansfield’s BIGsleepover, and tell them to look us up on Buzzbnk. Tell anyone…even that lady next to you on the bus!
5 minutes –
Share the link to our Buzzbnk page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn! However you choose to connect with people, let them know about our project whilst you’re doing it.
15 minutes –
Contact us! We think our project’s great so we love to chat about it - send us an email or call us on the number on our website, we’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions. Briony.Fleming@aston-mansfield.org.uk
30 minutes –
Ask your local library/shop/school if they’ll put up a poster for Aston-Mansfield’s BIGsleepover!
Get in touch and we’ll send you a pack of materials that you can use to help promote our project!
A few hours –
Do you have a bit more time to support us? Amazing!! We’re always looking to keep our costs as low as possible by seeking out in-kind donations, drop us a line we’d love to get you in on the act – we can give you a letter to send to your contacts and local businesses asking for a bit of support! Email us at Briony.Fleming@aston-mansfield.org.uk or call 020 8536 3826 for more info!
A regular time commitment –
Would you like to volunteer with our organisation? We’re always looking for a range of volunteers to help support our services from children’s work, to fundraising, and our on-site charity shop is entirely run by volunteers! Email us at Briony.Fleming@aston-mansfield.org.uk or call 020 8536 3826 for more info!

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Geographical coverage
Within local community (including local council)
What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The London Borough Newham (LBN) is consistently one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. There are huge levels of poverty, single parent families, over-crowded housing and families with complex needs. There is very little affordable childcare available which further compounds these problems (parents can’t go out to work – don’t get any respite from their living situations)
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The London Borough of Newham, in which this project is based, suffers from incredible deprivation.
• It has been evaluated as the 11th most deprived borough nationally and the 4th most deprived borough within London.
• It consistently has the lowest life expectancy of any London borough and its death rate for avoidable causes of death 1998-2000 was 73% higher than the national average; ranking 1st for both London and England.
• Life expectancy in Newham is ten years lower than in Kensington
• The area of Manor Park consists of many low-income families in overcrowded terraces and high-rise accommodation.
• Over 60% of people who live here are form Minority Ethnic Communities (MECs)
• There are over 142 first languages spoken in the borough
• Newham is an unusually young borough and over 40% of its inhabitants are aged under 25.
• It has exceptionally high rates of crime, unemployment and single parent families.
What is your solution?
We want to provide high quality, affordable, respite care for local parents. We will do this by offering a range of overnight care events, throughout the year, offering local parents the opportunity to have a night off. This can be invaluable for those on low-income or single parent households who rarely get a chance for time off or to take time for themselves. By offering these events as fun-filled and exciting sleepovers in our (Ofsted registered) community centre, it makes it extremely fun for the children. This will be offered at no cost and will be inclusive so that children from all backgrounds, religions and abilities.
How will you deliver this?
We will fill the centre with fun arts and crafts, sports, cooking and games activities and, if funding allows, take the children on an exciting evening trip out. 50 children will arrive at our centre at 6.00pm, each with an overnight bag which they will set up in the rooms designated for sleeping in. they will then come downstairs and select the activities that they want to start the evening doing. The event will be staff at a ratio of 7 children to one qualified play-worker from our expert children’s work team (one-to-one where children with more complex needs are involved). Throughout the evening there will be a wide range of games and activities to take part in from spooky storytelling to fun with inflatable’s and, where we have sufficient funding will take the children out on a trip before returning to the centre. The children themselves can choose when (or if!) they go to sleep but will be supervised at all times. We will provide a healthy nutritious breakfast in the morning and the children will be picked up at 10am the following morning by their parents/carers. The project will give children the opportunity to participate in safe, secure and stimulating 'sleepover' play activities, allowing them to experience the joy of overnight play, an opportunity which they would ordinarily not have access to.

About Us

Vision and Mission
Our vision is that east London will have the diversity and community wealth to create a vibrant inclusive society.

Our mission is to develop the community of east London and promote a diverse and inclusive society in which all are free to participate.
Who Do We Help?
Aston-Mansfield is one of the most respected charities in east London and was formed in October 2000 through the merger of Aston Charities Trust and Mansfield Settlement (organisations whose history we can trace back to 1884).

We aim to create a diverse, inclusive, society in which all are free to participate. Aston-Mansfield is seen as a community hub and plays a key role in tackling poverty, deprivation, disadvantage and powerlessness in east London; providing a huge range of cultural, educational and recreational services.

The content of many of our programmes are driven by the needs of the beneficiaries, which helps ensure their success and keeps them responsive to changing needs. As well as two community anchor buildings (Durning Hall in Forest Gate and The Froud Centre in Manor Park) we also have a Community Involvement Unit (CIU) which provides advice, information and support to small or start up organisations and, through our buildings, we provide space for local and religious groups to meet and worship.
Project Contact Details
Aston Mansfield
Organisation Details
Durning Hall Earlham Grove
Forest Gate, London


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Registered Charity #220085

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Aston-Mansfield Newham
Thankyou to all our lovely supporters - tonight's the night!!
We're running our first BIGSleepover! Keep your eyes peeled for our report on what we got up to next week!

thanks for all your generous support - making this happen. Its already really noisy and that can only be a good thing!

Tracey Fletcher
Well done to the Aston Mansfield team on reaching your target. This is a great project and hopefully many more young people and children and will benefit from your excellent project.

Same Sky Jenny
Congratulations on hitting your target! Really glad you can make this great project happen.

Aston-Mansfield Newham
HUGE thanks to Aston-Mansfield's solicitors Wortley-buyers who have just made a donation to support our project. They've boosted our numbers and moral. Thank-you!

Aston-Mansfield Newham
We have just pledged money from a recent Family Fun-day Fundraiser at which we raised £460.We're now a third of the way to reaching our first milestone - thank-you to all our lovely supporters!


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Back This Venture
Help us to reach our goal by telling everyone you know about our project. Your enthusiasm and support will help us reach more people, in return we’ll add you to our BIGsleepover mailing to keep you updated on how we’re doing
58 Backers Purchased 58 Units
Even this small donation will make a huge difference to our project, you could walk to work and back and donate the cost of your travel to us instead!

To say thank-you you’ll receive a hand-made badge designed by one of the kids who will attend a BIGsleepover!
12 Backers Purchased 12 Units
To say thanks for you being such a great player in BIGsleepover, we’ll not only send you a badge but you’ll get a specially designed post-card too!

Just think just by donating a tenner you could have paid for a tasty healthy breakfast for 3 of our children (which will be needed after a night of bouncing around on inflatables!)
19 Backers Purchased 20 Units
WOO! Your donation will really get our project going, covering a whole range of arts and crafts materials, like glue, glitter, paint and all that other fun stuff that’s really messy!

We think it’s only fair that you get to see some of the outcomes, so as well as the previous benefits, we’ll send you a small gift that has been made at one of our sleepovers, the activities will change at every sleepover so it will be a surprise what you’ll receive!!
25 Backers Purchased 34 Units
Go Getter
Go BIGsleepover!! We can’t say thank you enough – a £50 donation will really be shoving our project forward… we can already see the light at the end of the tunnel, oh no… wait that’s just a child with a torch at one of our BIGsleepover spooky story-telling sessions that you’ve paid for.

Your benefits package is getting pretty bulky now; we’ll send you a big gift that has been made at a BIGsleepover that you helped fund!
14 Backers Purchased 14 Units
Ground Breaker
Wow, we’re zooming along now! We want you to know just how much fun we’ve all had thanks to you, so as well as the previous benefits, you’ll get a report of one of the BIGsleepovers you’ve made happen, this will have been written with the help of the children who have attended!
6 Backers Purchased 12 Units

Milestone 1
This pays for at least 2 sleepovers for 50 local children. Inclusive of activities, refreshments and breakfast in the morning!
Milestone 2
This target will cover the full costs for at least 6 sleepovers for at least 50 children each, including a fun trip!
Milestone 3
Reaching this will mean at least 9 sleepovers in a year (minimum 50 children at each) with a fun trip out!
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