Keeping vulnerable children engaged with positive messages, supporting mental health, learning, delivering thrive packs and food parcels.
by Kidz Klub Leeds in Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Who are Kidz Klub Leeds?
We've been supporting children and families living in the poorest communities of Leeds for 20 years (within the top 10% of the social deprivation indices and in some within the top 5% (IMD 2019). We are a Christian charity working with over 1000 children each week of all backgrounds across the city. We take a unique approach, working in a relational way with children in their communities, homes and schools. The charity’s model and usual activities put children at the very centre - we believe that children are the community changers - our job is to invest in every area of their life, give them the encouragement they need and help them shine.
We're helping those impacted the most by COVID 19
The current health crisis has hit all families hard, but none more so than those already affected by long term unemployment and in-work poverty and detrimental changes to the welfare system this last decade - sadly we're heading for a fresh child poverty crisis with rates rising and deepening. Inner South Leeds has the 9th highest rate of child poverty in any county (YEP 7th March). This project goes to support the communities of Leeds that are experiencing the very worst impact of the pandemic.
What will this project do?
Our safeguarding team are working alongside schools and agencies as usual supporting over 50 families (100 children) during this crisis. Our team are calling as many families (+1000) as we can, signposting families for support and for food boxes. We're posting out colouring / information sheets with useful links and we're putting Kidz Klub sessions, advice, craft and other activities on our You Tube channel - which since launch in March has over 500 new unique views. We're delivering "Thrive" packs that include play, craft and toys for those which we know just don't have at home and can't afford to buy. We've also created a website solidarity photo wall so children and families can see that they are not alone and an information page for families.
What will donations pay for?
The money raised from this Crowdfund will help to fund our safeguarding team to support 50 families for six weeks, allow us to run our new website and develop our You Tube channel, help us post out activity sheets and to keep in contact with over 1000 + children, and help us fund our staff who are delivering our "Thrive" packs and food parcels.
Current findings from our Community Key Workers
We thank you for supporting this project and helping us support the most marginalised children and their families living in inner-city Leeds at this time. We are delighted to be part of the city's multi-agency approach #LocalLegend #TogetherLeeds