The Saturday Homework Club project
- Category: Narrative and Financial Report 2005
This project has provided high quality learning resources for parents to borrow and use at home with their children. The aim was to increase parents' involvement in their children's learning, and to support improvement in the children's attainment at school, in an area where there is little spare money for families to spend on educational resources.
What went on
The Saturday Homework Club was open twice a month on Saturdays. Computer software, games, puzzles, construction kits, science activities, English, Maths and books have been provided for it by Care Link West Mid. The organisation has employed three local parents volunteers (one of whom described this as their first "real job") to run the club. The resources were suitable for a wide age group, from babies to adults, with the most popular items being family board games. Science activities came a close second, and there was sometimes a waiting list for them: fathers tended to be particularly keen to borrow this kind of 'hands on' kit.
Results of the project
Within less than a year of its opening, 60% of refugee and asylum seekers from central Africa families had registered with the project and were using the club regularly - this figure has risen as new families joined the club. Volunteers reported that the parents valued the club and that children talk about the games and activities regularly at home: they are enthusiastic and there have been very few problems with attendance or absenteeism. Evaluation found that all the families in a sample of 34% of the club users were spending more time sharing books at home since opening the club; 80% of the sample were spending more time helping their children with school work; and 80% of the children were enjoying reading more.
PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Overall progress made to date on objective three:
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective. But one training session to raise refugee awareness has taken place on 31 May 2005 thanks to kind support from members' contributions in raising fund.
RELIEF OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP THROUGH JOB SEARCH & SELF EMPLOYMENT
Overall progress made to date on objective four:
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective.
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective apart from few meeting organised to plan fundraising events.
No significant development made due to lack of funding to carry out activities related to this objective apart from few meeting organised to plan fundraising events organised in December 2005 thanks to the contribution from Home office.
- The strategic planning was at every time under review hindered by the challenges in securing funding.
- Contacts were not easy with our visitors as the whole year we were still looking for a suitable office.