£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.