The Big Give Summer Challenge Starts Today!

We have teamed up with the Childhood Trust for the Big Give Summer Challenge 2018 to help fund our team of sessional play workers for our holiday playschemes. As the UK’s biggest match funding event the Big Give is an exciting opportunity for us to make the most out of the support we receive – donations during Big Give week will be doubled by the Childhood Trust - so can have twice the impact!

Our playschemes offer a variety of enriching and thoughtful activities to children and young people aged four to twelve in the local community. This year over 60 children will attend our summer playscheme where they will be able to explore, play, be creative and learn in a safe and nurturing space.

We have made our playschemes accessible and affordable to parents to ensure that those most in need are able to access our support and offer free places where needed. This means that every parent can be reassured that they have access to a safe and stimulating environment during the school holidays. Many of the children that come to our playschemes are from single parent working families, suffer from food insecurity or have no one around to care for them when school is closed.

Our playschemes offer a range of play and educational activities that support childrens wellbeing and development. For example children attending playschemes can join in on cooking sessions where they learn how to make healthy and nutritious recipes; art sessions where they learn expressive skills; physical activities and sports are also a large part of the day. On top of the activities we provide we offer trips, clubs,  healthy meals and snacks, advice and guidance to parents and practical support in order to give the best start that we can to the children and young people who come to us.

Important Questions

When: The Big Give Summer Challenge starts today: Monday 11th June 2018 and finishes this Friday 15th June.

Where: Please click on this link to be redirected to our Big Give Summer Challenge Giving page

Why: The Winch needs to raise £15,000 through the Big Give this summer to help fund our amazing playscheme staff

How: Match funding means that every donation that we receive before we hit our target will be matched by our partners the Childhood Trust: so when you donate £20, they donate £20 and we receive the £40 total!

Help children and young people in your local community this summer. Give through the Big Give and help us save our Summer by sponsoring a playworker! #sponsoroursummer



The Winch is pleased to announce that we will be working with Thornton's Budgens Community Supermarket in Belsize Park to raise money for our Belsize Community Library.

Our library provides an important service to the local community, where people of all ages and backgrounds can access the facilities, information and support. We hold events and clubs that bring together families and children from the local community. With your support this fantastic work can continue.

Shoppers at the store can opt to have 1% of the value of their shop to go to Belsize Communtiy Library and the fantastic work that they do! Please note that it is only at Thornton's Budgens Belsize Park that this scheme is valid.

Friends and supporters can pop into Thornton's Budgens, Belsize Community Library or The Winchester Project Swiss Cottage to pick up their own keyfob donation card.

Please support this fantastic opportunity to give back to your community while you shop!


On Saturday 12th May The Winch will be hosting a Five-a-Side Football Fundraiser, combining our love of the great game with our love of introducing new people to the work that we do for children and young people in Camden (and bringing out our competitive side to boot!). There is still space for a team or two so get in touch if you and some pals would like to join us. Teams must be between 5-7 people and players must be aged 16 or over. Have a look at the poster below for further details or get in touch with for any further questions or to sign up your team!

We are also looking for some volunteers for the event- if you're a budding photographer, keen communicator or a robust referee we would love to hear from you.



On March 19th, the North Camden Zone brought residents and professionals together for the England’s Lane Hack. They came up with brilliant ideas for changes to improve the residents’ lives. The Hack showed how important it is for people with lived experience to be part of ideas for change.

Read the full blog on the event on the North Camden Zone website 


We were joined by 75 different children for a very busy and fun rainforest themed Playscheme! Children went crazy for slime making, making lots of different varieties including sparkly glitter slime. We created lots of arts and crafts adventures, trying out some wax art on canvases and making binoculars, a giant snake and a monkey for our rainforest display. Children and staff embraced their inner chefs and their healthy eating theme, making new dishes such as fish cakes and fish pie and participating in a blindfolded rainforest taste test where they tastes different tropical fruits and guessed each one, with coconuts, avocados, mangoes, oranges, apples, grapes, bananas and much more. We discovered some little scientists and artists in other activities, including potion making and artistic (and very messy!) ‘eggsplosions’ where staff and children filled hollowed out egg shells with paint and created their own outdoor art piece. Trips outside of The Winch included a visit to 360 indoor play in Milton Keynes, Laser Quest Enfield, Gullivers theme park Milton Keynes and Three Acres Community Play Project.


During the Easter half term we put on lots of activities for local young people, who were ecstatic to learn new skills such as how to create tie dye t-shirts. Using cool new designs and colours, the young people each made their own tie dye creations and were thrilled to see how their t-shirts turned out.

In their time in the kitchen, the young people baked, decorated, and feasted on batches of chocolatey brownies and healthy banana bread. They expanded their baking skills by incorporating vegan friendly ingredients into one of the brownie recipes, which was a first for most, who had never tried a vegan brownie before! They were surprised at their delicious taste.

Our youth activities continued outside of The Winch building, with a residential trip and a football tournament. Fifteen young people from across all our secondary years programmes represented their groups at a 2 day trip to Brighton where they took the opportunity to help design how they and their peers would like to be involved in the work of The Winch. Their ideas ranged from small scale fundraising ideas to international volunteering exchanges. These will form the basis of a new session on a Monday evening where all secondary staff will be working up their ideas with them in order to take them forward. 

Eight young men aged 11-19 took part in a pan London football tournament at Coram's Fields, a positive activity mixing young men from all over the capital giving time to show their football talents as well as to socialise and have fun in between games. We are very proud to say that The Winch team reached the semi finals against some very tough competition!