We believe that children are the community changers. Our job is to help them shine.
At a time where children’s and family lives have become much smaller, we see that the need for a sense of belonging and wider community support has increased and is key for wellbeing. Our pandemic response work this last year has seen us stay connected with over 1000 children and their families and provided support in practical ways. Watch our snapshot film to see what just one Family Support Worker does in 6 months making children happy, helping families practically, signposting for support, weekly home visits and mental wellbeing activities.
Kidz Klub has been able to support the children of our city and their families as they struggle to cope with the challenges arising from the pandemic in key ways with; telephone calls, door step visits, activity packs, food referrals, computers, thrive and care packs, support with housing issues, cots, beds, prams, children’s activity sheets (posted weekly), mental wellbeing day trips, online activities and multiagency work to keep children safe.
We've also adapted our community wide social action projects that children lead and love working with children to be part of making the difference through our Community Changer Challenge Badge programme - there's three badges for children to enjoy achieving, a pen warrior badge, a joy champion badge and an environmental champion badge.
The money raised from this crowdfund will enable us to continue funding our family support work. The pandemic has put a huge pressure on families and a growing debt crisis is pushing many to the brink of desperation. As is widely reported, the pandemic is hitting the children and communities we serve the hardest - we support seven inner city wards and many refugee and asylum seeker families.
Family support work includes;
- working with children & their families at home, school & in the community
- tailoring support, empowering both the child & their family, fostering strong relationships. i.e., parenting courses, 1:1 trips out
- working across agencies, attending meetings and signposting for support, e.g., food banks, debt support, Young Minds, & IAPT
- working with Kidz Klub Leeds volunteer team on community activities, home doorstep visits, small scale and larger scale trips (as restrictions allow)
- regular home / doorstep visits for up to 90 children over 32 weeks in term time (Key Worker guidelines)
- support calls, texts, Zoom meetings for children, young people, and families
- mentoring trips for children who are in need of extra support, e.g. (breakfast & after school trips, days out to the park and challenge experience days)
- family trips where families can come together for enriching experiences
- safeguarding work and contact time, support at Kidz Klub Leeds after school activities as restrictions lift & at our Hubs Klubs, street events & community “activates”
- apply for emergency support packages as required by the family
- deliver thrive packs, food parcels, & working with others to overcome digital access gaps.
We have seen a real outpouring to us as an organisation since the virus outbreak, the communities we've been serving for over 20 years, trust us and are keen to communicate their problems with us.
One parent has said “You’re not just there for the kids, it’s the adults as well. There’s something different about Kidz Klub, you’re not like other services. Not many services are there in the same way as you are. You aren’t judgemental and you take time to really build relationships with families.”
One good turn deserves another
Our approach is to walk alongside people for as long as it takes. We show a genuine interest in their lives week in, week out and help with practical situations that move them forward. As a result of this, we've seen families want to donate bags of baby clothes to Kidz Klub for other families who might be in need. When someone receives a good thing happen to them, they then become the community changers and want to help others and be part of the change going forward.
Help us to continue to be there for our children and their families so they feel strong and can shine.