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Emotional Intelligence workshops for children

by Be Kind Movement in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th June 2021 we successfully raised £1,000 with 30 supporters in 42 days

To increase provision of our Kindness Workshops, which help to build emotional intelligence skills in children and young people.

by Be Kind Movement in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

By raising £2000 we will double the number of children our Workshops reach to 800! 

Our Children Need Us:

The UK is facing a mental health crisis in children and young people today. In 2018, it was found that 1 in 8 children in England aged 5 to 19 had a diagnosable mental health disorder. This is roughly 1 in 3 children in every classroom. Throughout the pandemic, children and young people have experienced heightened feelings of worry and are almost constantly being bombarded with anxiety inducing media.

  •  In January - February 2021, Young Minds carried out a survey of 13–25 year-olds and found that young people are feeling deeply anxious, have started self-harming again, are having panic attacks, or are losing motivation and hope for the future.
  • In May 2020 we spoke to parents and the majority of them cited social isolation as particularly testing for their children’s mental health. Feelings of social isolation have been compounded throughout 2020 and a lack of opportunity to socialise with friends and extended families, inevitably leads to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  •  In January 2021, Young Minds’ found that many young people have found the most recent lockdown harder to cope with. When asked what the main pressures were respondents mostly spoke of loneliness and isolation.

A year into the pandemic and the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of children and young people remains, with 67% of young people believing that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. If we fail to invest in improving children’s well-being and addressing their mental health, we face an escalation of an already serious crisis when issues (such as depression, self-harm, suicide rates) rises in prominence in the future. 1 in 3 adult mental health conditions relate directly to adverse childhood experiences, suggesting that, if not dealt with early, the long term impact is likely to be extremely detrimental. 

How are we addressing this?

Our flagship Kindness in School Programme (KISP) is an early intervention and preventative tool that fosters the development of emotional intelligence (EQ) skills in children and young people and prepares them for the challenges they face as children today, and as adults tomorrow.

Our programme achieves this through delivery of our Kindness Workshops. Our Kindness Workshops are experiential and creative workshops that involve students watching high impact short form visual content subsequently engaging in thought-provoking exercises, role plays, creative games, discussions and cooperative learning activities, with an action-oriented task at the end of each class. Experiential workshops are inspired by phenomenon-based learning (PBL) which enables children to connect the dots of the educational material to their everyday lives.

What is the impact of our Kindness Workshops?  

So far in 2021 we have delivered Kindness Workshops to over 500 children and young people. Our workshops impact the children, community and wider society and make a difference in the following ways:

  • Help tackle mental health issues by building social and emotional skills that will provide children and young people with coping techniques to deal with external issues such as bullying, racism as well as internal issues of isolation, anxiety and emotions management, to name a few.
  • Embed kindness values in children from a young age to be kind to themselves and to their friends, family, neighbours and strangers. This eventually will lead to creating a kinder and safer community that cares for the well-being of its residents which is reflected in reduced homelessness, gang culture, looking after the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
  • An emotionally intelligent child will be more likely to be happy, to do well academically and grow up to be a confident adult in accessing employment, contributing positively to society and community.

How can you help children and young people?

By supporting us, you will be helping us to expand the provision of our Kindness Workshops - both virtually and in-person and allow us to reach even more children!

Not only will you be helping children deal with the immediate situation, your support will have a long term impact as we believe an emotionally intelligent child will be more likely to be happy, to do well academically and grow up to be a confident adult, contributing positively to society and community. 

Thank you

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