We are really excited to announce Kids Can Achieve has been awarded funding from Postcode Community Trust to fund creative therapy and counselling sessions.
The funding of £10,800 is thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
This funding will support young people with learning disabilities to live healthier, happier and safer lives. It will give them access to therapeutic interventions which will help reduce stress related ill health, help understand how their disability affects them and provide support to cope with emotional problems. It will also build resilience and self-esteem, help prevent family breakdown, reduce suicide risk and address bullying.
This is a vital service for children with learning disabilities and their families, as there is nothing else like this on offer in the borough. NHS waiting lists for therapies and counselling are too long, with families not being seen until they are beyond crisis point.
Our project will offer creative therapy on a one to one basis which is a non-intrusive way of engaging young people. Creative therapy has a positive impact on health & well-being & will help unlock potential & build confidence through the use of drawing, painting, playing, sand tray work or talking.
“This grant will have a huge impact on children and young people with learning disabilities and their families living in Harrow, we have been offering creative therapies for a number of years and it has had far reaching impact with many families including stopping young people from committing suicide, preventing family break downs and improving family relationships. We are so pleased that the Postcode Community Trust has enabled us to carry on delivering such worthwhile support to families in need”.
Despite the rain we had a fantastic day on Sunday 22nd September at our family fun day. A big Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, donated money and prizes. We raised an amazing £1700!
We had lots of stalls and games including hook a duck, splat the rat, tombola, cakes, glitter tattoos, BBQ, pottery decorating, face painting, books, sand art and a bouncy castle kindly sponsored by Charter House Accountants.
We are looking forward to our 2020 Family Fun Day which is planned for the 5th September 2020.
A team of volunteers from our local Marks & Spencer in Pinner took on the challenge to renovate the art room at our centre. Marks & Spencer Pinner have chosen us as their charity of the year for the last 2 years and have helped fundraise and donated much needed funds.
On the 11th and 12th July a team of volunteers from M&S took on the task of revamping the art room at KCA; they got stuck in and worked hard painting and redecorating the room with calming blue colours on the walls and colourful and imaginative stickers surrounding the walls; as well as purchasing a cabinet full of art materials.
Ilias Kostalas, Service Manager at KCA commented that ‘the team have really worked hard and we are really happy with the result, the children will love the new art room; art is a great way for the children with learning disabilities we support to be able to express themselves and it will make such a difference to them. We are so grateful for all the hard work and support from M&S Pinner, we cannot thank them enough.’
The team of volunteers said that ‘We are delighted to be helping out and giving something back to our community’.