SMILE: Hope in the Community
Smile Challenge 2019
‘The children of Hope were absolutely amazing. They gave us a thoroughly enjoyable time and reduced me to happy tears.’ Sharon – General Manager Feltwood Manor
‘The greatest benefit of the Smile Challenge is the relationships that are built. This is a must for our community.’ Irene - Gate Community Centre support
‘The confidence and enthusiasm from the children at Hope is inspirational. They embodied the ethos of the Smile Challenge by sharing not only their skills and talents but also surprisingly, their compassion and understanding.’
Lyn – St Luke’s Pensioners’ Lunch Club
Smile £10 Challenge
For the past four years, Hope Primary have been involved with ‘The Windmills Foundation’ through its Smile £10 Challenge.
It is a national programme that allows young children the opportunity to get involved by fulfilling their potential, maximising their skills, building their confidence and leaving a lasting legacy by making a difference in their local communities.
We have focused on working with Year 6 children however this year, we have expanded to include year 5 children.
The challenge consists of using their combined skills, talent and relationships coupled with a donation of £10 to make the world a better place by creating a sustainable difference in their wider community.
The only rule is a simple one; they cannot give the £10 away. The challenge is about developing a project to make others smile.
Sharing my skills and talents with others
In a way that is meaningful and really excites and motivates those involved
Designed to have an impact in the local community ensuring it leaves a
Examples of the Smile £10 Challenge over the years have included:
- Serving lunch to all members of the Friday Lunch Club and holding a raffle as well as entertaining them with songs
- Washing cars from Knowsley Community College and donating the proceeds to Princes Primary School (a special needs establishment)
- Organising a bingo afternoon for members of the local community centre
- Designing and painting a mural in Hillside Community Centre
- Holding a Teddy Bears’ picnic for the nursery children at Hope
- Organising a staff bingo, a quiz and cake decorating with the entry fee of a donation to the local food bank
- Baking cakes and performing a talent show at Feltwood Manor Residential Home
Feedback from the recipients of the Smile £10 Challenges:
‘Thank you so much for the smiles that were put on all of our faces. The oldies loved it and they said how polite and well-behaved the children were.’
– Lyn from St Luke’s Church
‘The children have had us in stitches and tears today. They were amazing and a credit to the school. We really appreciate being thought of and the tenants enjoyed themselves.’ -Sharon from Feltwood Manor