Lifejackets

Reading challenge on housing, refuge & belonging

How do children make sense of today's major questions? Our reading challenge themed on 'Home' gives children a forum to consider housing, homelessness, refuge & belonging. Help us raise £400 to offer our materials to 7-11year olds in schools across England. Lewisham children recommend us!

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It ran from 4:24 PM, 14 May 2018 to 10:36 AM, 27 May 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172824)

Amount raised

£190

Donations

9

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    Helping

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  • "The teacher who led it had been teaching 28 years and said it was one of the best texts she’d ever worked with."

    — Key stage 2 teacher who piloted our resources, talking about our choice of stories.

  • Having both a written and design task allowed everyone to access the task. It allowed them to think critically about current issues and have their opinions listened to.

    — Lewisham teacher who took part in our 'Home' reading challenge.

  • It allowed them to discuss the world today outside the classroom.

    — Key stage 2 teacher after taking part in LifeJackets activities.

  • "The teacher who led it had been teaching 28 years and said it was one of the best texts she’d ever worked with."

    — Key stage 2 teacher who piloted our resources, talking about our choice of stories.

  • Having both a written and design task allowed everyone to access the task. It allowed them to think critically about current issues and have their opinions listened to.

    — Lewisham teacher who took part in our 'Home' reading challenge.

  • It allowed them to discuss the world today outside the classroom.

    — Key stage 2 teacher after taking part in LifeJackets activities.

Situation

Shelter estimate that 1.6 million children live in housing that is temporary, overcrowded or run-down. In 2016, Crisis found street homelessness had risen by 10% in London from the year before. In our own research with teachers & youth workers, 79% thought the children they work with worried about housing problems, affecting themsleves or others. Children are often very aware of issues like housing and the refugee crisis, but don't often have access to forums adults use to make sense of them.

Solution

LifeJackets activities will provide an opportunity for children to consider these issues in a hopeful, empowering and age-appropriate way. More than 200 children took part in our first challenge in Lewisham, South London. The overwhelming majority of children we evaluated with, reported thinking differently as a result of taking part and 100% of teachers surveyed told us their children had thought about 'home' in a way they hadn't before.