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Our Play team and After School Club children really got into the Christmas spirit with some amazing decorations in the play room and lots of activities and events. The Christmas trip this year saw our team take 64 (!) children to Vue cinema to see Paddington 2. They were accompanied by 4 lovely Starbucks Finchley Road staff who came to join the fun.

On the 6th December, 4 staff volunteers from Bank of America came to host a Christmas party. The Bank of America staff cooked up a storm in the kitchen making naan bread with green houmous and chicken. The staff were kind enough to provide all the food for the event and all the activity supplies. Children decorated their own Christmas baubles and made beautiful paper chains with lots of different colours. The event celebrates the end of our 2 year partnership with Bank of America over which they have made a huge difference to our children and the work we do in Play. They have left us with many happy memories and a Christmas present of a sand and water tray to go in the playground.

Our Play children were very excited to benefit from the Angel project with the American School, through which each of the Play children got a present. The project is coordinated by parents from the American School and presents were wrapped by some of our lovely volunteers, led by Annette. This year we asked for books and stationary and we are very excited to see all our lovely gifts on Christmas morning!

We met a really kind supporter at the Hall School football festival who has bought a new football kit for our Play teams (Winch FC), which is very exciting. We will be showing off the kit at our matches from January. Thank you to Ace sports who made the kit and gave us a discount and free kit bag!

We would like to say a big thank you to St John’s Women’s Club who raised £1,063! The donations will be used to replace some of our toys in Play and bring lots of joy to all our after school club and Playscheme children.

We are proud to say that our Big Give Campaign went over target raising an amazing £11,637.50 over the week. Thanks to all the generous supporters we have now funded our planned summer 2018 activities for Play and Youth.

We had a great Christmas Party for our Transitions youth group on Tuesday 12th December. The young people loved playing the new Fifa 18 game, which they played for the first time at the Christmas party. They also took part in a talent show including dancing from young people who have never danced before, singing, and one young person who played the guitar. We wrapped up the party (and ourselves!) with a tremendous game of Twister.

North Camden Zone Seeks New Steering Group Chair

North Camden Zone are looking for a Chair for their Steering Group who is passionate about improving the life outcomes for children and young people in Camden. You may be a community leader or senior professional with an in depth knowledge and /or experience of the issues that affect children and young people. You are interested in a collaborative approach involving the community and professionals, and implementing place based systems change.


If you would like to find out more please follow this link. The closing date is 16th of February 2018.

Anna is very excited to be joining the team at the Winch as the Programme Coordinator for Young Adults. Before joining, she spent her time designing and delivering personal development programmes for young people and adults, most recently at JW3, a Jewish Arts and Community Centre. When she was there, her projects included initiating a pioneering interfaith programme for teenage girls, running a youth leadership course and producing the ‘Festival of the Mind’. 

Anna completed a postgraduate fellowship with Year Here in Social Leadership and Enterprise and worked in the fast-paced world of advertising. With a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a background in drama, she brings person-centered thinking and creativity into the design process and looks forward to coordinating The Company and to expanding the offer to young adults at The Winch.

CLICK HERE to support The Winch in the Big Give Christmas Challenge

This year we have entered the Big Give Christmas Challenge to fund our summer activities for next year. As the UK’s biggest match funding event, the Big Give is an exciting opportunity for us and our supporters to have their donations doubled- so that every donation makes twice the impact.

Our summer Playscheme and activities for young people mean that children can access the support and opportunities they deserve all year round. This year over 60 children attended our Playscheme every day, where they were able to spend the day making, playing, learning, getting messy, going on trips and in the care of our fantastic team of dedicated Play Workers.

We have made sure that our Playscheme is affordable for every parent and provide free places where they are needed. This means that every parent can access the best childcare and opportunities for their child over the summer- so that they can go to work and their children can spend the day in a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment.

Our youth activities and trips provide a much needed break for young people who might struggle to get out of their local area in the holidays. This year The Winch Youth Team provided over 100 places on trips, including opportunities to climb, ice skate, visit the revamped Dreamland in Margate, spend a day on the beach in Camber Sands and go to Thorpe Park. For some young people these were the only times that they were able to take a break from pressures such as those within school, chaotic home environments and gangs.

Important questions!

When is the Big Give?: The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs from Tuesday 28th November (#GivingTuesday) at 12:00 and runs until 12:00 on Tuesday 5th December.

How much is The Winch raising?: We have a target of £10,600 to fund our summer activities- but we can go over our target!

What is match funding?: Match funding means that every donation that we receive before we hit our target will be matched by a Winch Champion or by the Childhood Trust- so that when you donate £20.00, they donate £20.00 and we receive £40.00


CLICK HERE to donate

Our Transitions youth group took 24 young people on a trip to Lush Oxford Street this half term, in search of adventures, bubbles and fun. They had a great time exploring the shop in teams with some of the fantastic Lush shop assistants who were happy to teach us  a lot about what all the different ingredients do and helped us to discover lots of new smells. They then took part in bubble making competitions, shower gel coloured high-fives and testing the biggest bath bomb they had ever seen! The group were very excited to make one of the Lush products (The Comforter- a fruity bubble bar made with blackcurrant), mixing the ingredients and colours together themselves before moulding it into a shape of their choice. Thanks for having us Lush!

We threw a Mad Hatter's tea party at Belsize Community Library to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birthday and Camden's intergenerational week. Arthur Rackham was a local artist famous for his illustrations of Alice in Wonderland and Fairy Tale books. We invited guests from Kilburn Older Voices Exchange and Elfrida Rathbone, who enjoyed live music, tea and cakes and a special guest visit from the Mayor. We were very happy to see guests from both organisations enjoying the party, chatting, dancing and  making new friends.

Our Connecting Parents Halloween party was an absolute hit! Over 40 parents and children came along to enjoy our ghoulish games and terrifying treats. Everyone took part in wrap the mummy competitions, Halloween games and pumpkin carving then treated themselves to berry blood drinks. Children had a go at painting their own faces, with some very scary results…

This Autumn we have 8 new members of the Winch team: (l-r) Analiese, Kai, Muna, Wendy, Bengisu, Radwan, Aniso and Rawdat (not pictured), have joined us as Young Researchers on our pilot programme, Take Back The Power.

Take Back the Power is a Participatory Action Research project, as well as an employability programme for 15-18 year olds who are preparing for life beyond school and who are passionate about social change. 

The programme was co-designed with four young people, over the past year, who felt passionate about challenging injustice, but didn’t feel like they had the opportunity to, between the pressures of achieving at school and having to work at the same time.

Take Back the Power employs these young people to undertake a research project about a topic on which they are experts, which they feel is either misrepresented or underrepresented in the mainstream. By learning traditional and creative research methods they will deepen their understanding of their own experiences and then decide what can be done about it and how to create positive change.

Now halfway through the process, the group have decided to look at experiences of the Education System, from their perspective as young students of colour, from working class backgrounds. Questions they have thought about include: How has nine years of austerity affected their opportunities? Do they feel that schooling helps them live in the world they want to live in? How does Social Media play into their education? Does school feel like a way out, or a cycle keeping them trapped in disadvantage? Watch this space to find out more! And in the meantime you can stay up to date with the researchers by following their blog: