'OK' Our Kids’ was the inspired idea of Tony and Lynn Churchill. Tony is a former Police Community Support Officer and through his work in Primary Schools and the wider Community, he recognised the need for a new initiative to develop resources specifically designed to educate, inform and empower primary school children to stay safe in the community and on-line.
‘OK' Our Kids’ is a Community Interest Company which pledges to return at least 50% of any monies it makes over the project cost back to the local community for further good projects to assist young people with the challenges they face today and everyday. 'OK' Our Kids' also provides help, guidance and counselling to families that have already been affected by events involving child safety and protection.
Our highly successful Watch Out Book for Children has already been distributed to over 26 thousand young people via local schools; we are about to publish a second edition of the Watch Out Book later this year, with new topics including environmental concerns, radicalisation, diversity and knife crime.
However, we have found that some children need a more hands on interactive activity to appreciate the message of staying safe in today's world. Did you realise there are over 27 different subjects that regularly come up as areas of concern with youngsters? These range from stranger danger, how to say no, family danger to cyber bullying, racial and cultural prejudice, peer pressure anxieties and safety in the home. All of these subjects, and more, can be covered in a non-threatening or frightening way with our new Mistakes and Ladders Game.
We have patented the concept, got some awesome design work done, and proofed the mock up. What we need now is the funds to produce this new educational board game for primary school children so that we can get it into schools asap.
You'll all of heard about the rise of knife crime amongst young people, the increasing challenges of managing social media bullying, stalking and harassment, to name just two of the topics we cover. You probably already know someone who was bullied at school, or has children of their own who are suffering needlessly with peer pressures and what have become every day dangers.
Our Mistakes and Ladders game appeals to younger children and helps them to recognise, understand and talk about the everyday dangers they face with the aim of helping them to change their outlook on life through positive support.
Using a traditional board format makes it accessible to all children, whatever their education or understanding attainment; they don’t need expensive digital devices and they learn together as they play face to face.
The game will cover 27 of the most commonly reported subjects causing children anxiety, including:
sexual orientation prejudice
racial and cultural prejudice
how to say, 'No'
OK to be different
safety in the home
family dangers…..and much more.
The game will be given free of charge to schools to use as a tool in supporting young children with the skills and knowledge to enjoy their childhood in safety.
We do not take any salaries from this venture, we are strictly a not for profit organisation set up as a Community Interest Company. We are committed to returning at least 50% of any profits back into the community and to supporting other local good causes. We do this for the love and enhancement of the generations to come, and ask you to help us to keep all our children safe through this new child friendly, strategically designed board game.
We have previously raised funds to produce our Watch Out book which has been distributed to 26000 school children. The children who have used the Watch Out book have found it helpful, non-threatening and yet fun to read. We have had very positive feedback from local childrens' charities, schools, Councils and other people who are working in this field of child protection. We just need funds to make this happen. Please help us, everything you donate makes a difference for the future of our children.
We do this for the love and enhancement of the generations to come, and ask you to help us to keep all our children safe through helping to fund the production of this new board game.
OK Our Kids is endorsed by the NSPCC and Childline, and is proud to have Dame Katherine Grainger DBE as its Patron.