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Free To Be Kids
Free To Be Kids
Five Year Fundraiser

Five Year Fundraiser

Why we need your help

We are celebrating Free to Be Kids' fifth birthday and would love your support to help raise £20,000. Free to Be Kids is a charity that supports particularly disadvantaged children from inner-city London to change their stories about who they are, and who they can be. 

 

Many of us have been finding lockdown and the new normal hard. For the children Free to Be Kids works with, the isolation of being stuck at home unable to access the support structures provided by school, has been even more difficult. Many of our young people have been trapped in home environments where poverty, neglect and domestic abuse are a day to day reality, living in overcrowded homes without outside space and no opportunity to play or enjoy usual childhood fun.

These problems lead to escalating family tensions, strained relationships, and a marked impact on emotional health – we’ve seen increased numbers of safeguarding concerns, with several young people entering the care system as family situations breakdown. More than ever these young people need urgent access to the support, space, and horizon broadening opportunities our projects provide.

Many of us complain about missing out on travelling this year, yet around a third of the children Free to Be Kids support have never had a holiday. Our projects provide first opportunities to see the sea, camp out under the stars, meet horses and bottle feed lambs. Our warm, fun volunteers spend time alongside vulnerable children often providing new experiences of nurture and care – reading bedtime stories, sitting together around a table to eat and supporting to solve problems in calm, positive ways.

The intensive support and positivity our projects provide has a transformative effect - impact data from 2019 shows that 98% of children we supported reported improved indicators of self-esteem, confidence and resilience and 100% of referring teachers and social workers responding to our referrers’ survey reported demonstrable improvement in children’s confidence and belief in themselves following our interventions. Our projects are consistently over-subscribed and we know that now more than ever there are large numbers of children in need of our work. 

As the world begins to open up again, we are asking if you can support Free to Be Kids to offer more transformative projects over this coming year than ever before. Please donate as much as you can.

 


£40 could allow five children and their volunteer helpers to enjoy a morning of meeting and looking after the animals at the farm or an afternoon of den building and campfire lighting in the woods.

£375 would cover the cost of a child's first ever holiday with Free to Be Kids, packed with activities such as candlelit night walks through the forest; working in teams to build rafts and paddle across lakes and camping under the stars for the first time. Our activities are carefully designed to support particularly vulnerable children to safely experience overcoming challenge, feel brave, proud, adventurous and successful, and to begin to realise they can achieve more than they had thought.

£1000 could provide a year’s worth of ongoing support for a particularly isolated child or young person through our Journey Projects. These projects combine the usual outdoor focus and nurturing environment of Free to Be residentials that so deeply resonate with our young people, with adventurous extended challenges and individual/group reflection sessions to help young people grow confidence, build resilience and work on other areas of challenge within their thinking about themselves and relationships with others.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider GiftAiding this donation to allow us to claim an extra 25p on every pound you give from the UK government.

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Supporters

Sep 15, 2020

Anonymous

300.00

Aug 19, 2020

Karice

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Aug 19, 2020

Alice

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5.00
(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Aug 19, 2020

Anonymous

40.00
(plus 10.00 giftaid)

Aug 19, 2020

Anonymous

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)

Aug 19, 2020

Elle T

10.00

Aug 19, 2020

Min

Such a brilliant charity!

200.00
(plus 50.00 giftaid)

Aug 18, 2020

Bri

What a fab cause - so happy to support it!

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Aug 11, 2020

Francis

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Aug 01, 2020

Rose

Brilliant charity! Well done Augusta!!!!!!

60.00

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Total raised so far

4,830.00

Total plus Gift Aid 5,682.50

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