The Winchester Project

A Summer to Shine

During the summer holidays children can become isolated and inactive and are at risk of anti-social behavior on the streets. Parents and carers on low income struggle to find affordable, safe childcare. The Winch gives each child a Summer to Shine-to play, create and explore with their friends.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1055059)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • “Coming to the Winch is exciting. I learnt to be a warrior princess and that I will fall down, but I will get back up again”

    — child from play, age 5


The Winch is situated in an area where child poverty is a persistent, ongoing problem. Summer holidays are a time when parents and carers on low incomes rely on safe, affordable childcare to keep working and manage personal finances. Children can become isolated, inactive and are at risk of anti-social behaviour on the streets. After months of hardship because of COVID, children deserve fun holiday memories, healthy food and opportunities to develop skills and confidence outside of school.


The Winch offers low-cost, subsidised holiday play schemes where children can play, make friends and develop character strengths. Sessional staff support arts+crafts, gym, drama, and cooking to provide a good range of activities for more children. They also supervise our Adventure Play, take children and young people on trips and support healthy eating too. Our core team's size means we need extra staff to meet high demand over summer and to be open and responsive to our children's needs