Help Keep CASP’s Childcare Services Open

by CAMBERWELL AFTER SCHOOL PROJECT in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th September 2024 at 11:24am

Provide affordable childcare, foster the development of children, enhance employability of local people, and build community ties.

Project by CAMBERWELL AFTER SCHOOL PROJECT

Help Keep CASP’s Childcare Services Open!

Support a Vital Community Resource

Camberwell After School Project (CASP) has been a cornerstone of the Southwark community for over 38 years, providing essential childcare services. Today, we are at risk of closing due to insufficient financial income to balance our expenditure. Your support is crucial in helping us continue to serve local families.

For over 38 years, CASP, a registered childcare charity, has been a vital part of Southwark's community- led social infrastructure. CASP provides essential childcare services to local parents and contributes to the area's economy and community life. CASP has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children and their families since its inception. However, we are now at risk of closing. The loss of this much-loved and essential service would be a significant blow to local families.

Why We Need Your Help

To keep our doors, open and maintain the affordable level of childcare we provide, we require urgent financial assistance. On the back of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current cost of living increase our operational costs have dramatically increased. Despite our efforts to secure funding, we face a significant shortfall of £100,000 for the next six months. This deficit threatens our ability to sustain operations and fulfil our commitment to parents and the local community we serve.

Beyond Childcare

CASP is more than just a childcare provider. We offer work experience to young people and adults, helping them gain valuable employability skills for career development. CASP is also a proud employer, CASP maintains a dedicated team of 14 part-time local staff members who support both the organisation's childcare services and the local economy. CASP is proud to be part of the community we support. Our existence offers a platform where residents from diverse social groups can engage with each other and cooperate through shared activities, thereby building trust and a sense of belonging.

Our Mission

CASP’s mission is to deliver a holistic range of childcare services that meet the needs of parents, particularly single parents, who wish to work/or study. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for children aged 2 to 12 years. 

CASP operates an Early Years Pre-School Nursery for age two-to-four years. We collect children from local schools and bring them back to our centre where they take part in a range of social and recreational activities and eat a hot meal. We also provide a breakfast and school drop-off service. During school holidays, we run a playscheme provision. 

These services ensure parents can remain in employment, pursue professional development, and avoid the poverty trap. We are committed to providing inclusive care, including for children with behavioural issues or special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our unique services are a lifeline for parents who want to develop their prospects and achieve better outcomes for themselves and their families, whilst relying on CASP to support them with their childcare needs during out of school hours.

How Your Donation Will Help

With your generous donation we can bridge this funding gap and work to safeguard CASP’s future. The funds raised will be used to meet our obligation as employer, fulfil health and safety requirements and cover premises costs. It help us to fulfil our strategic plan with the restructuring of the service in order for it to remain sustainable and continue to meet the needs of families in the community. 

Support Us

By contributing to our crowdfunding campaign, you will directly support the children and families who rely on our services. Your donation will help us continue providing a safe and enriching environment for children while their parents work or study.

Join Us

Please join our mission to keep CASP’s doors open for the children and parents of Southwark and surrounding areas. Every pound donated makes a difference. By sharing our campaign across your network, you can increase your impact even further.

What Makes CASP Special

  • Emergency Childcare: We support parents with emergency childcare when unexpected delays or appointments arise.
  • Holistic Services: We cater to children aged 2-12 years, including those with behavioural issues or disabilities.
  • Extended Hours: CASP offers longer hours than most local after-school care providers.
  • Collaboration with Schools: We maintain strong relationships with local schoolteachers to prioritise individual children’s care needs.
  • Community Impact: Many children who grew up with CASP return to volunteer after leaving school or further education. 
  • Resilience: CASP has supported families through COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis, providing stability and flexibility during challenging times.

Thank You

We thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity. Together, we can keep the doors of CASP open and provide a brighter future for the children and families in our community.

Thank you to all our wonderful parents for their kind testimonies:

“CASP is a great place for children and the services they offer mean as a working mum I don’t have to worry about my children as I know they will be safe and well looked after when I’m at work. I hope their services continue for a long time to come." - Joe and Ingrid’s mum

“My children are very happy at CASP to the point where they get upset when I arrive to pick them up. CASP offers various activities to keep the children motivated and happy and these includes cooking clubs; taking the children to the park during the summer months, assisting the children with their homework and are always innovative in finding new ways to entertain the children. As a result, I have recommended CASP to a lot of parents who have enrolled their children because I know they will be well looked after.” - Charlie and Simone’s mum

Thank you to all our supports who donated to our previous CrowdFunder appeal in 2023. Its because of your support our essential childcare services are still running. 

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