Kids in Communication has a long history of supporting vulnerable and isolated young people in Walsall and Wolverhampton using innovative digital equipment and social action projects.
Activities range from digital animation to radio and podcasting, film studio and a gaming zone. They are designed to engage young people and teach new skills whilst also addressing issues of mental health, isolation and exclusion. We also offer the opportunity to gain accredited certificates, recognising the learning and efforts young people contribute towards projects.
We know that the pandemic has disproportionately affected young people and those from disadvantaged background, our project will help us reach these young people and provide new and exciting opportunities that will bring positive benefits to the wellbeing.
To do this we need to complete the refurbishment of our Trailer unit, which will enable us to take our digital equipment in to the heart of deprived communities and provide these exciting and entertaining activities.
We need your help to complete this work, and get our trailer back on the road and providing a resource for young people.
The KIC Trailer will be a safe place for young people, designed by young people and for young people, full of tech and digital equipment. Each year we expect over 400 young people will visit the trailer and as a result benefit from:
- Improved mental health and emotional resilience
- Building life skills including confidence, communication, self-esteem and motivation
- Raised aspirations and more aware of their own potential
- Develop online Safety and IT skills (from animation to video editing to desktop publishing)
- Making new friendships and support networks, leaving them less isolated and feeling part of a community
To date we have invested over £20,000 in the refurbishment; making good all repairs to ensure its safety, stripping out the old fittings, reconfiguring the layout to give a more spacious feel and more flexible space. We now need your help to complete the work, adding in new fittings and equipment, and a striking external paint job
And finally a word from one of our young club members:
"We can't wait to use the KIC Trailer. We have been involved in the refurbishment from the start by designing the inside and having a say on what activities we'd like to see in there. We can't wait to see the trailer on the road :).