Syria Summer Camp

by syriasummercamp in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th July 2017 we successfully raised £17,665 with 79 supporters in 28 days

Tuition and activities camp 24th July -18th August 2017 - for Refugee/Asylum Seeking Children from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries

by syriasummercamp in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

£10,000 initial target reached in 8 days!

New stretch target £19,250

I am so amazed at what has been achieved in such record time for our school and our refugee children through Crowdfunder. Your generosity and support has given me a very welcome challenge!

When we started the crowd fund we had no idea if we would be able to raise our target.

£10,000 seemed a lot of money to raise in such a short time, even for such a good cause.

You have beaten all our expectations. Thank you so much.

We are very new at crowd funding, this being our very first attempt, but we are so glad we did it!

With 19 days still to go, we are advised that we need to introduce a ’stretch target’ and double our target to nearer £20,000. Over the past few days I have given much thought to this and I have returned to some of the quality extras that we did not think we could possibly afford and were therefore not included in the initial proposal.

1. Mums and Babes English class (every Wednesday during Summer Camp) – estimated cost £450.

We would spend the money on; Creche resources; changing mats, nappies, potties, play mats, books, activity material & toys for various ages plus storage units, display boards. This will help more families access the Summer Camp.

2. UK Citizenship Education - estimated cost £1,200.

We would spend the money on; Producing and publishing a Citizenship module to be piloted during Summer Camp as a prelude to a full Citizenship programme for newly arrived refugee families to be launched by Newman Catholic College in partnership with J-Go Training Limited.

3. Summer Camp Volunteer training – estimated cost £1,600.

We would spend the money on; Over and above the critical safeguarding training we already provide, we would like to invest in the development of our volunteers, many of whom are coming back a 2nd year. Summer Camp is a great place for volunteers to find they have wings and can fly, and structured training will enable this. We would like to provide sessions in for example in 'Playfulness', ‘Strengthening Voices' and 'Mental Health needs of children who have experienced trauma'.

4. Volunteer travel expenses – estimated cost £1,000.

A number of Syria Summer Camp volunteers are giving up to 4 weeks of their time for free. It seems important to offer them reimbursement of necessary travel expenses.

5. Hardship Fund – estimated cost £2,000. 

The Syria Summer Camp is free to attend. But there are costs involved for the families in travel and preparation for each day at the Camp. We are aware that some of the families are desperately short of money. In some cases, unable to ensure that each child has good shoes and a breakfast, ready for their school day. We want to help the poorest families to fully participant in the Summer Camp. We would spend the money on; providing a hardship fund for families to apply for in desperate circumstances.

6. PHONICS electronic resources. – estimated cost £3,000.

As a Refugee Welcome School, we open our doors to any refugee child regardless of level of English or indeed whether they have had previous schooling. We have stateless asylum seekers who have been denied education all their lives and have never even held a pen before. We have discovered some fantastic really simple Phonics programmes online, and found our new starters really engage with these, as opposed to pen and paper methods. We would like to purchase a number of ChromeBooks for individual use by such students in their Summer Camp lessons. We are confident with such tailored resources their access to the English language will considerably improve. We will seek to purchase X10 ‘ChromeBooks’ at a unit cost of £299 with tax.

Thank you for your amazing response; I am so excited you are sharing our journey.


Miss Amanda.

The Syria Summer Camp 2017

“Everyone Counts, Everyone Contributes, Everyone Succeeds”

Newman Catholic College School Motto.


Help make the 2017 Syria Summer Camp Happen!

About us:

Newman Catholic College was founded in 1958 and is located in the London Borough of Brent. The school has a student age range of 11–19 years old and is Voluntary Aided. The school represents a welcoming and caring community, giving pupils the encouragement and help to flourish, contributing to the greatest good and helping others to reach their full potential.  This is the ethos behind the Syria Summer Camp Project and why the school is providing the premises free of charge throughout the school holidays to this inspiring project.

Location:  Newman Catholic College, Harlesden Road, London NW103RN

 Syria Summer Camp 2016:


The project started last year, 2016. The Summer Camp ran for four weeks between the 19th July and 12th August 2016. We provided four teaching days per week for up to 40 students per day and with the help of our volunteer teachers we taught Science, English and Maths from beginner to AS Level. Everyone was impressed at how the supplementary classes helped boost the children’s confidence and educational performance. Continuing to deliver a 4-week Camp based entirely on voluntary good will is not sustainable and we want to DO MORE not less

 Syria Summer Camp 2017: 24th July to 18th August; 5 full days per week

What we want to do this summer:

  • We want to welcome as many as 50 children every day for 4 weeks.
  • We want to offer an extended day 10am to 3pm.
  • We want to renumerate essential leadership posts in primary education and specialist subjects.
  • We want to continue providing high quality education in English, Maths & Science but supplement this with regular enrichment activities such as art therapy, film making, family theatre, museum visits, etc.
  • We want to increase our focus on citizenship and our children becoming contributing, valued citizens of the UK.
  • We want to provide a sustaining lunch for our children and volunteer staff, which we hope our Syrian families will join in preparing.
  • We want to include our recently formed Mums’ and Babes’ English class and provide a crèche for young children.

What we will do with the money raised from your support.

 With your generous help, we aim to raise £10,000. This is what we will do with the money and why and how we will spend it to the best effect.

  •  £2,500 –for healthy lunches and snacks to keep the children and teachers fuelled all day.

Last year we could not afford to provide a proper lunch for the students and teachers, to support a full school day. This cut back on what the children could achieve academically. This year we aim to cover the costs of Mums preparing Syrian meals, allowing us all to work a full school day.  

  • £1,000 –for printed publicity material.

The project outreaches to Syrian parents and newly arrived refugee families across North-West London. Our publicity ensures that Syrian parents know that help is available and the publicity information gives them the confidence to enrol their children in the Syria Summer Camp.

  • £1,000 – for excursions to museums, galleries and places of cultural interest.

Education is not just about hard work in the classroom, it has to be fun as well. The planned excursions will introduce the children to a broader UK culture than we can achieve in the classroom.

  • £1,000 – for teaching resources and learning materials

High-quality teaching materials helps to support and encourage our volunteer teachers to provide resourced and interesting class sessions for the children.

  • £4,500 – for specialist “Anchor” Teachers to steer the 3 core subjects throughout the Summer Camp and for Specialist Tutors - for example Dance and Music 

This year we already have 20 volunteer teachers who have committed their time to the 2017 Syria Summer Camp project. But co-ordinating xx teachers across science,  maths and English language curriculums is a big and complex task. To use our volunteer teachers to the best effect, we need to appoint ‘anchor’ teachers for each subject to direct and manage the curriculum. We also will appoint a Primary Lead to oversee the 5-11 years programme.

 Total = £10,000.


Why it's a great idea:

  • It's a response to actual need defined by our local school children themselves. Syrian children are hungry to learn and have an incredible desire to better themselves. But fleeing war in their homeland with a difficult journey and unsettled future loses them years of education which they desperately want to catch-up. ‘Sir, we want you to teach us in the holidays’ is the plea they made to the Headmaster a year ago. We are responding to their heartfelt cries.
  • It is a helping hand reaching out to the children’s parents to help them in a strange new land. Syrian parents dream of a better education for their children. This is what they believe in and stand for. They will sacrifice anything to provide their children with learning and long to express their gratitude for the smallest gesture of kindness on our part. Our Summer Camp is living proof that they can believe again their children have a right to education and that their lives can return to a normality once more.
  • It is a righteous call. The UK has always been a beacon for free and integrated societies – that is why the Syrian refugee families are here with us in London now. Syria Summer Camp builds on this reputation for supporting individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and cultures and will help the children and their families settle here in UK as proud British citizens.
  • This is what makes Syria Summer Camp so necessary, so meaningful, such a  moral imperative


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You will receive the ‘Syria Summer Camp Book Mark’ produced especially for this year’s 2017 Project.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

As well as the bookmark, you will receive a ‘Thank You’ card from the children attending the 2017 Syria Summer Camp.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

As well as the bookmark and the Thank You card you will receive our specially recorded song (as an MP3 File) by the children, celebrating the 2017 Syria Summer Camp Project

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