Mentoring Changes Kids' Lives
What special activities did you enjoy doing this summer holidays with your family? We all know that children need attention, affection and love to feel secure and grow, so to mark International Youth Day this month, we spoke with Sarah Woodcock, Founder of The Kids Network.
The Kids Network supports children from low-income families at a crucial time in their lives by matching them with a volunteer mentor - a young professional from the local community eager to connect and spend focused time with a child who otherwise may not have that interaction.
Sarah pitched at TFN’s London event in May 2018 and raised over £7,000 to hire a Project Manager. Since then, the new Project Manager has been able to provide dedicated support to 32 children, with the organisation supporting more than 70 children over the year.
One of the children said of her experience, “Before I didn't feel like I had a place to play around me and I felt lonely. I'm not lonely anymore. We get to do fun things together and I have someone to talk to. Having a mentor has helped me. I've set goals and I have achieved them, which makes me feel amazing.”
Sarah is delighted by all the positive developments since pitching at TFN; the team has grown to five, they have forged new partnerships, and are now working in 14 primary schools across four boroughs.
Sarah said: “This amazing opportunity helped us grow into a sustainable organisation making big change for children. The experience and support has paid off massively for us!”
You can read their latest impact report here.