"Every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts"
Article31, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Recreational Activities

A volunteer taking a child to the cinema or bowling gives that child a story to share with their peers. Without these experiences these children can become isolated within their peer groups. Imagine what is like being on the school mat having to tell the rest of the children what you have done over the weekend or school holidays and not having a story to tell. I worked with a child once who told the class that mummy was drunk all weekend and they didn’t get fed. Very different from going to the beach, funfair or family party.


Our project aims to deliver the following outcomes for our beneficiaries:

  • Build and develop resilience to challenging circumstances
  • Improve engagement in learning
  • Improve emotional and physical health and well being
  • Develop talent
  • Improve self esteem and self worth
  • Improve social skills and provide opportunities to make new friendships
  • Improve behaviour and reduce anti social and offending behaviour
  • Create positive relationships with adults
  • Greater community engagement and a sense of belonging.



If a child or young person has received funding from STAR for an event or activity, we request that an Evaluation Form is completed. Our funders need follow up information as to the impact of their funding, therefore the completion of the Evaluation Form is an essential criteria in order for funding to be granted. It also allows us to learn more about their experience and outcomes.

If you need to complete an Evaluation Form, please click on the button below, fill it in and either email it to star@somerset-star.org.uk or post it to STAR, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, BA4 9DD


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