one big summer
One Big Summer started in the summer of 2011. The programme of special events was created to try and meet a need in the local community which was to provide activities for children and young people at a low cost. Six weeks is a long time to fill and many parents and carers look for positive activities for their children to take part in. We aimed to provide activities that were active and fun, encouraging a healthy lifestyle for those who came.
In the summer of 2011 we ran a football week, craft afternoons (named Crafternoons by one of our young people, Theo), Toddlers, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and a drama holiday club (Stage Door). Following the success of these, we added in an ‘Olympics Week’ in 2012 to celebrate the Olympics coming to London. In 2013, the summer programme saw a team taking a group of young people to Malawi as well as a host of other activities and events. Last year we created another full, action-packed programme and this year we were back and bigger than ever.
One Big Summer 2015 started with Teddy Bear Picnic and our first One Big Summer Sunday, was stuffed full with Games and Sports Week, Laser Tag and a Family Sports Day, sprinkled with Crafternoons and Stage Door Holiday Club and finished in style with the second One Big Summer Sunday in Alexandra Park. One Big Summer is over for 2016, but don't forget that you can keep up to date with the latest news by heading over to the One Big Summer Facebook page.
Six Years of One Big Summer
We've had loads of fun in the sun (and rain!); have a look at some of what we've gotten up to right here!
⇐ One Big Summer getting off to a scorching start with Games and Sports Week. See below for what those who got involved thought about it all!
Each week Crafternoons has a theme; here it was 'Arctic' which of course meant lots of snowmen! ⇒
⇐ Stage Door Holiday Club telling the story of Moses and the Israelites' journey to Jericho. Here's an exclusive rehearsal photo!
One Big Summer: Games and Sports Week
Take a look at the feedback we received from some of the parents and carers whose children got involved and as always, you can head over to our One Big Summer Facebook page for even more fun photos and information!
"I think it's been great, my daughter has had a lovely time and she loved the water activity. I feel it's been well organised and the leaders are great. Thank you."
Catherine - Mum of an 8 year old.
"Fantastic week for Abi, she came back every day with stories of how much she enjoyed it."
Sarah - Mum of a 5 year old.
"This week has been fantastic, Thomas has enjoyed every second and will definitely be coming again next summer. All the helpers are great - can't thank you all enough."
Claire - Mum of a 6 year old.
"-Very good local entertaining games for the children.
- Helpful, friendly, engaging helpers, Jenni is brilliant!
- Competitive games are great.
- Lovely setting, peaceful break for parents with nice cuppa!"
Kristen - Mum of 11 and 8 year olds.
"My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the week. Her only problem was that it is only for 1 week. She would love to carry on! Thank you. Big thank you to all the staff for giving up their time!"
Mary - Mum of an 8 year old.
"Very good and fun. Definitely want to do it again."
Parent of 6 and 4 year olds.
"Seth says it was "awesome!" :) He enjoyed all the activities. Please could you do more than one week!"
Parent of a 6 year old.
Cath - Mum of 6 and 5 year olds.
"All activities thoroughly enjoyed by all children. Thank you. Have more weeks!!!"
The Fox Family (10, 8 and 6 year olds).
"Happy and helpful staff. Great mix of games. Relaxed table and coffee for parents."
Rocha - Mum of 7 and 9 year olds.
"Fantastic! My 2 girls love having fun with their friends outside, and mummy likes having some free time."
Charlotte - Mum of 7 and 8 year olds.
"The organisation was very good. Lots of coaches for the children. Refreshments very good."
Tony - Dad of 3 and 7 year olds.
"It was fantastic that you were happy to take Josh in his wheelchair - totally unexpected and a real blessing! Thank you. He really enjoyed his time with you."
Anne - Mum of 13 and 6 year olds.
"Both my 2 year old and 3 year old loved this week. The activities were brilliant for both ages and the coaches were friendly and approachable and the seating for adults was very helpful!"
Nicola - Mum of a 2 and 3 year old.
"Lucy has loved this week: the variety, the enthusiasm of the coaches and the introduction to team games. I've loved the opportunity to sit down."
Cate - Mum of a 3 year old.
"Excellent. Isla has really enjoyed having something to go to every morning and loves the variety of sports."
Jo - Mum of a 4 and 2 year old.
"My son has really enjoyed this week and has talked about all the different games he has learnt. The session has suited him better compared to last year."
Mum of a 4 year old.
"This was fabulous. All three boys really enjoyed it. Thank you for everything."
Sophie - Mum of a 7, 5 and 2 year old.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along; we hope to see you again soon!