The Kendleshire Kids Foundation works with vulnerable young people residing in South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. Their work is based on supporting young people who have and continue to experience trauma. This trauma derives from an adverse childhood experience’s (ACEs) which is a set of recognised indicators that the young people they work with are exposed to, inhibiting their opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Examples of ACEs include:
– Experiencing domestic violence, drugs and substance use
– Being a victim of abuse
– Exposure to criminal activities in the home/community
– Living in care
– Experienced family breakdown
– Live in low income households
– Have poor psychological capacities and weak social networks.
– Welfare concerns raised by the statutory sector
The Kendleshire Kids Foundation offer a home from home approach, using golf, blended with mentoring from their associated partner, Strive Youth Engagement, to support young people who are recruited from formal statutory referral networks.
Their approach is the first trauma responsive sports-based project in the UK, which provides a structured programme and personalised response to each young person they work with.
The sector recognised that when addressing ACEs there is a strong need to build the psychological wellbeing and capabilities of young people as well as reducing the ongoing negative situations they face. The Kids Foundation’s work impact to date shows a clear correlation with role modelling and mentoring as a core requirement to build resilience, knowledge and coping strategies.
As a relatively new charity, they are committed to evidencing their impact and work. They are working with the sector leading UPSHOT monitoring system and the University of Bath to build their rigour in this area. Both areas have enabled them to build their outcomes framework and adapt their practice.
Sponsorship for their great work means that they can offer support to many more young people and will be hugely appreciated.