The summer holidays are fast approaching. While some families will have booked exciting travel and activity plans, for many other families struggling to make ends meet summer can feel like an expensive, sometimes stressful, gap in the school calendar.
Research has found that pupils from all backgrounds make comparable achievement gains during the school year, but a gap opens during the long summer holiday. This is in part because pupils experiencing socio-economic disadvantage are more likely to experience summer learning loss and even hunger.
That’s why we’re working with the City of London Corporation and The Mayor’s Fund for London to support a summer enrichment programme, opening new opportunities for children and young people experiencing poverty and inequality in Islington.
Our partners at Global Generation will be opening doors at the Skip Garden site in King’s Cross, welcoming children, young people, and their families to a range of fun, educational food and nature workshops.
Led by locally recruited Youth Leaders, free food will be shared around a pop-up ‘Cally Table’, a space for creativity, meeting, and eating named after the local Caledonian Road area.
B Creative has helped people build confidence in a trusting, reciprocal space where young women work together to co-create arts workshops and activism. There are chances for participants to be creative through dance, photography, tech and mixed arts, and they will even have the chance to attain Arts Award accreditation.
Working in partnership
All Change and Global Generation have great networks with Islington’s neighbourhoods, schools, and a range of community partners, meaning they can reach a diverse range of local people. We’ll be sharing some stories of their activities later in the summer, so watch this space for updates.
1) Stock image from Pixlr.com, 2019
2) Global Generation's Skip Garden, shot by Cripplegate Foundation, 2017
3) All Change's B Creative group, taken from Instagram, 2019