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#MakeCaves In Mile End Park!

Funded on Spacehive 20 March 2018 Delivered 26 April 2018

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#MakeCaves In Mile End Park!

Toynbee Hall By Toynbee Hall

Our young people will build an indoor cave at Mile End Urban Adventure Base in only 3.5 days! The cave will be played in by thousands of local children each year, and will promote an active lifestyle.

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 20 Mar 2018!

Make it! is Toynbee Hall's project for 12-13 year olds. We offer young people an opportunity to make lasting change in their community while developing their critical thinking skills. This year our students propose to build an indoor cave at Mile End Urban Adventure Base (UAB) in only 3.5 days. The cave will be designed and constructed entirely by the young people themselves, with expertise provided by local charity Build Up Foundation. Students will come together from three different East London schools to build the cave. Throughout the project they will learn about healthy eating by cooking all their own meals. They will also produce a short film of their experiences. On the final day of the build they will invite their friends, family, and teachers to see (and experience!) their work at a grand opening party. After the project, our students will introduce the cave to local children on an activities day they will lead for 360 year 6 students transitioning to secondary school.

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a cave in Mile End Park
  • Equip young people with new skills
  • Get young people active and healthy

Why it's a great idea:

The idea for a cave came about after our young people tried caving on last year’s activities day for year 6. The activity was a hit not only with our young people, but also with staff who saw how it fostered teamwork and problem-solving. Once built, the cave will serve as a high-quality play facility. Thousands of local children will play in it each year, getting active and making friends they may not otherwise have met. Over a quarter of year 6 students in Tower Hamlets are obese, a figure that rises to 63% in adulthood. Our young people love sports, but tell us it's hard to keep healthy in an area with few opportunities for outdoor play, and a whopping 42 fast food shops for every secondary school. Our cave will give young people the opportunity to tackle this issue by getting their peers active through play! It will act as a draw to the youth centre, putting children in touch with the other services available to them at UAB.

Steps to get it done:

  • Secure a storage container and rail sleepers
  • Build Up Foundation assists young people in designing cave layout
  • Young people transform shipping container into cave
  • Community celebration and cave testing afternoon with friends and families
  • Young people introduce year 6 students to the new cave
  • If we exceed our funding target we will have an adults only caving late...

In addition to the young people our project supports directly, it will also support the UAB in their own work with young people. The centre only has one all-weather activity at present, making rainy days a challenge. The introduction of a second all-weather activity will ensure the centre is able to deliver activities for young people, come rain or shine.


Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £15,599

Storage container and foundations - £3,448 (22%)
Cave designing and site prep - £2,570 (16%)
Materials for cave structure e.g. Timber and MDF - £2,256 (14%)
Workshop leaders - £2,214 (14%)
Healthy cooking workshops - £1,600 (10%)
Final safety sign-off - £1,139 (7%)
Risk assessment and staff training - £850 (5%)
Paint and exterior signage - £600 (4%)
Other - £922 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Storage container and foundations
Cave designing and site prep
Materials for cave structure e.g. Timber and MDF
Workshop leaders
Healthy cooking workshops
Final safety sign-off
Risk assessment and staff training
Paint and exterior signage
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £15,599

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