CaptureThe Winch has had some fundraising success in the last couple of months. In July we got the good news that we have been awarded funding from BBC Children in Need for the next 3 years to help us to continue running our after-school club and holiday play schemes, which are attended by up to 60 children every day. We were also awarded £28,000 from Natwest's Skills and Opportunities Fund for The Company, our business development programme for 18 - 25 year olds.  Furthermore Marks and Spencers created a new kitchen for the Winch on their Spark Something Good Day on July 29. A team of volunteers stripped out our old kitchen and installed a new one – all within 24 hours.

On 21 August, Bank of America Merrill Lynch created a fantastic party to mark the end of the Summer Holiday Play Scheme.  Not only did they provide the food for the party but also a team of volunteers who prepared, cooked and served the food for the children and their families.  They also face painted the children and organised games for them.

From 1st - 5th June we took part in the Childhood Trust's Summer Give and raised over £20,000! The money was used to plan exciting trips and activities for the children attending our holiday playscheme, as well as running additional activities for young people. Thank you to everyone who took part in the Summer Give by making a pledge or donating during the online phase.


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iphone uploads 1739 (2)Whether through group or outreach sessions, school visits, or The Company, our goal is to engage young people in the North Camden community and provide them with continuous support. Survey responses from 67 young people (ages 11-25) confirmed the dedication of our team, the varied interests that The Winch caters to and the overall importance of The Winch in the lives of young people.

“Helpful, fun, family” is how one young person described The Winch.  Another described the support as “sensational and inspiring, ” while another cited his/her trust in our staff as making The Winch “a second home.“ When asked to rate The Winch out of 10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high,) the young people gave an average rating of 9. Moreover, 50 percent of young people said that they would look to The Winch for advice, information and guidance as opposed to the 22 percent that would look to school and the 2 percent that would look to council.

According to our survey, the most popular session for our 11-18 year olds are group sessions (e.g. cooking, music, football etc), followed by school based sessions (e.g. self-directed learning, female empowerment group etc.). One young person, for example, referred to The Winch as a “young people space” where “everyone can go and feel comfortable.”

The overwhelming majority of young people credited The Winch for helping them to build confidence and self-esteem, with a young person saying The Winch “developed (his/her) character.” Moreover, The Winch aims to engage young people in political dialogue to educate them about their rights, and in the words of a young person instill in them “how [they] as young people can change the world.” Perhaps most poignantly, nearly 40 percent of young people reported that without The Winch, they would have nowhere else to go.

We were pleased that feedback from our young people mirrored the feedback from the parents and children and that parents, young people and children alike value The Winch’s role in the North Camden community.


New Camden ZoneOver the past few months, we have been working on a number of projects reaching out into the community and partnering with local people and organisations to improve the lives of Camden children and young people.

Axis is the new Camden-commissioned mental health service for 16 to 24 year olds across the borough. We are delighted to be part of a consortium supported by Catch22 that will deliver the service over the next two years, bringing together experts in community, mental health and youth work.

Axis will operate across Camden as well as out of its base in the old Post Office on Finchley Road, at a building called The Hive. It will support young people alongside local partners in different parts of the borough. For more information about the service, click here.

North Camden Zone is a piece of work funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation and Locality focusing on how to bring people together to make sure that North Camden is a great place to grow up for every child.

North Camden Zone was born out of the belief that if local families, residents and services work together we can improve the life chances of local children and young people. So far, 200 local people and nearly 50 professionals have given their opinions on how to improve the area, including what they can do.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re hoping to open a pop-up shop in Swiss Cottage at the old Me Love Sushi site will provide a physical space for people to pop into, share their ideas and meet others who are getting involved. Whilst the Zone has been convened by The Winch, it will be owned and developed by the community.

If you’d like to find out more or get involved, email or have a look at the Zone’s Commonplace site, where you can comment on what you think is great about our area, or what you’d like to help improve.


Throughout the summer the library will be hosting a series of four meetings entitled "Parenthood: A Piece of Cake?!" which have been organised by Wrap a Hug. The meetings are aimed at pregnant women and parents of all ages. Topics covered include baby wearing, aromatherapy, traveling with children, and doulas. Entry is free for all sessions. Read about the meetings offered below and for more information contact or call Azzurra at 07928513877.


Summer at the Belsize Community Library is filled with exciting activities for both parents and 0-5 year olds! The full summer programme will begin on Tuesday 14th of July and end on Wednesday the 12th of August, but there will be some activities available before then as well. Whether you are interested in participating in the summer activities with your child, volunteering at the library or making a donation, we encourage you to get involved in the library this summer. Take a look below to learn more about the activities available and don’t hesitate to email or call 020 7078 7483 with any questions.

Before July 14th:

Parents Workspace with Crèche, a supportive programme that allows parents to get some work done in the library while their children are looked after, will run every Thursday from 10-1 for £6 an hour until the 16th of July.

From July 14th: