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!