The BIG Sleepover!

by Aston-Mansfield

About the project


Tipping Point £3,000
Milestone 2 £12,000
Milestone 3 £25,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The London Borough Newham (LBN) is consistently one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. There are huge levels of poverty, single parent families, over-crowded housing and families with complex needs. There is very little affordable childcare available which further compounds these problems (parents can’t go out to work – don’t get any respite from their living situations)
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The London Borough of Newham, in which this project is based, suffers from incredible deprivation. • It has been evaluated as the 11th most deprived borough nationally and the 4th most deprived borough within London. • It consistently has the lowest life expectancy of any London borough and its death rate for avoidable causes of death 1998-2000 was 73% higher than the national average; ranking 1st for both London and England. • Life expectancy in Newham is ten years lower than in Kensington • The area of Manor Park consists of many low-income families in overcrowded terraces and high-rise accommodation. • Over 60% of people who live here are form Minority Ethnic Communities (MECs) • There are over 142 first languages spoken in the borough • Newham is an unusually young borough and over 40% of its inhabitants are aged under 25. • It has exceptionally high rates of crime, unemployment and single parent families.
What is your solution?
We want to provide high quality, affordable, respite care for local parents. We will do this by offering a range of overnight care events, throughout the year, offering local parents the opportunity to have a night off. This can be invaluable for those on low-income or single parent households who rarely get a chance for time off or to take time for themselves. By offering these events as fun-filled and exciting sleepovers in our (Ofsted registered) community centre, it makes it extremely fun for the children. This will be offered at no cost and will be inclusive so that children from all backgrounds, religions and abilities.
How will you deliver this?
We will fill the centre with fun arts and crafts, sports, cooking and games activities and, if funding allows, take the children on an exciting evening trip out. 50 children will arrive at our centre at 6.00pm, each with an overnight bag which they will set up in the rooms designated for sleeping in. they will then come downstairs and select the activities that they want to start the evening doing. The event will be staff at a ratio of 7 children to one qualified play-worker from our expert children’s work team (one-to-one where children with more complex needs are involved). Throughout the evening there will be a wide range of games and activities to take part in from spooky storytelling to fun with inflatable’s and, where we have sufficient funding will take the children out on a trip before returning to the centre. The children themselves can choose when (or if!) they go to sleep but will be supervised at all times. We will provide a healthy nutritious breakfast in the morning and the children will be picked up at 10am the following morning by their parents/carers. The project will give children the opportunity to participate in safe, secure and stimulating 'sleepover' play activities, allowing them to experience the joy of overnight play, an opportunity which they would ordinarily not have access to.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tell some-one about Aston-Mansfield’s BIGsleepover, and tell them to look us up on Buzzbnk. Tell anyone…even that lady next to you on the bus!
  • 5 minutes
    Share the link to our Buzzbnk page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn! However you choose to connect with people, let them know about our project whilst you’re doing it.
  • 15 minutes
    Contact us! We think our project’s great so we love to chat about it - send us an email or call us on the number on our website, we’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions.
  • 30 minutes
    Ask your local library/shop/school if they’ll put up a poster for Aston-Mansfield’s BIGsleepover! Get in touch and we’ll send you a pack of materials that you can use to help promote our project!
  • A few hours
    Do you have a bit more time to support us? Amazing!! We’re always looking to keep our costs as low as possible by seeking out in-kind donations, drop us a line we’d love to get you in on the act – we can give you a letter to send to your contacts and local businesses asking for a bit of support! Email us at or call 020 8536 3826 for more info!
  • Regular time commitment
    Would you like to volunteer with our organisation? We’re always looking for a range of volunteers to help support our services from children’s work, to fundraising, and our on-site charity shop is entirely run by volunteers! Email us at or call 020 8536 3826 for more info!

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Aston-Mansfield Newham 01 February 2013 - 20:01

Thankyou to all our lovely supporters - tonight's the night!!
We're running our first BIGSleepover! Keep your eyes peeled for our report on what we got up to next week!

thanks for all your generous support - making this happen. Its already really noisy and that can only be a good thing!

Tracey Fletcher 21 November 2012 - 12:26

Well done to the Aston Mansfield team on reaching your target. This is a great project and hopefully many more young people and children and will benefit from your excellent project.

Same Sky Jenny 21 November 2012 - 10:09

Congratulations on hitting your target! Really glad you can make this great project happen.

Aston-Mansfield Newham 23 October 2012 - 12:45

HUGE thanks to Aston-Mansfield's solicitors Wortley-buyers who have just made a donation to support our project. They've boosted our numbers and moral. Thank-you!

Aston-Mansfield Newham 12 October 2012 - 15:36

We have just pledged money from a recent Family Fun-day Fundraiser at which we raised £460.We're now a third of the way to reaching our first milestone - thank-you to all our lovely supporters!

Anna Horton 01 October 2012 - 14:36

Hi Briony - looks super fun! Good luck!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our vision is that east London will have the diversity and community wealth to create a vibrant inclusive society. Our mission is to develop the community of east London and promote a diverse and inclusive society in which all are free to participate.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Who do we help?

Aston-Mansfield is one of the most respected charities in east London and was formed in October 2000 through the merger of Aston Charities Trust and Mansfield Settlement (organisations whose history we can trace back to 1884). We aim to create a diverse, inclusive, society in which all are free to participate. Aston-Mansfield is seen as a community hub and plays a key role in tackling poverty, deprivation, disadvantage and powerlessness in east London; providing a huge range of cultural, educational and recreational services. The content of many of our programmes are driven by the needs of the beneficiaries, which helps ensure their success and keeps them responsive to changing needs. As well as two community anchor buildings (Durning Hall in Forest Gate and The Froud Centre in Manor Park) we also have a Community Involvement Unit (CIU) which provides advice, information and support to small or start up organisations and, through our buildings, we provide space for local and religious groups to meet and worship.