Our impact

Big Local Funded Projects - Year 1

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre - Early Years Dance and Drama at Abertots

Two specialist early years dance and drama practitioners from Half Moon Theatre worked with two groups of 12 children at Abertots Nursery over 17 sessions. The children at the nursery are aged 2-4; the morning session worked with children mainly aged 2-3 and the afternoon session with children mainly aged 3.

Main objectives of the project:
1) To provide an opportunity for children to access dance and drama activities. 2) To explore and encourage the children’s use of imagination. 3) To continue to help develop young people’s movement skills; gross and fine motor: Each week. 4) To be flexible in our practice and with activities to best benefit the children. 5) To use sign as a communication, simple actions, to encourage physical copying

Overall achievements of the project:
This project was a great opportunity for the children to see adults being physically expressive in a creative capacity; to see adults play. The children and adults became co-creators in the imaginative play which was empowering for the children. The project used simple props which the children would be able to find at home to recreate their experiences with their parents.
The children were encouraged to use physical expression. The project did encourage the children to exercise but the impact was two-fold in that it was also about their interactive, sensory and creative movement. They made connections between 2D images and brining those to life with movement and sounds. This may have offered some children some emotional development too.

Tower Hamlets Play Association (PATH)

Main aims of the Project: The project would meet the purpose of the grant by:  Actively engaging children and young people  Improving use of open space  Benefit health of Aberfeldy residents through encouraging them to spend more time outdoors

Play sessions started in April, every Friday after school at the request of parents due to uniforms getting messy so best to do at the end of the week.

Play sessions were imaginative using nature and surrounding young people learned to be creative and fun using minimal equipment. The project worked with local families in delivering the sessions.

Opportunities were also provided for local residents to train with PATH an potentially become paid sessional staff in Future.

PATH also proposed to install a 'Play Pod' in the estate which will store all play equipment. Access will be given to Play Workers as well as Play Champions from the estate who undertake training and register as key holder. Currently the conversation is ongoing as to where it would be best to install the Pod.

St Nicholas Church

Community Chest Projecs

Science Project

Organised by local residents and parents with support from worker at Big Local and Poplar Harca. Children took part in after school fun and creative science experiments. This was a huge success with more than 12 young people attending each session.
Parents also got involved and supported the project.

Knitting and Embroidery

Funded by Big Local Community chest, led by local resident Hasina Said, the group have made amazing advancement selling some items they have created to make the project sustainable.


The group want to register a company and trade, create jobs and sustainability.


Harnessing talent within and developing themselves.


Abertots Visit Paradise Park with families

An education trip for children and families of Abertots based at the Aberfeldy Centre.


Children had opportunities to meet animals, feel the animals and familiarise with them .


This was an opportunity to take young people out of the area and open up to the world of possibilities. Almost 60% of young children live in poverty in the area and have limited opportunities. This provided parents an opportunity explore with their children and build a stronger relationship with their kids as well as other parents.

Gardening and Recycling


Teaching young children gardening involving parents. The groups grew their own vegetable which were then used to run healthy living/cooking sessions.


Teaching young children and families the values and effects of recycling.