The Christmas Project of 2014 took place during the last five days of December, and it was a fun-filled, festive event that was described by many at the end as “the best project yet”.
Over the course of the week, members and volunteers took part in a range of activities. Some were familiar and some new, such as Hannah’s messy play which went down really well and left those involved covered in glitter, as well as Pien’s mystery craft which required serious concentration and resulted in some fantastic boxes and butterflies being produced. Roshi got everyone involved in her music sessions and there were some imaginative creations from Richard’s art workshops such as new door signs, masks and a large gift-horse that was later used in the play.
The end of project show was a lovely end to the week, including a performance of ‘lean on me’, poetry, a dance to Abba’s dancing queen and Mat and Alan’s cunning disguise as the gift-horse…
Overall the project was a great success, so a massive thank you to all members, volunteers, families and work-shoppers who were involved, with a special mention to Sam Bowles who gained his certificate for being a Kith and Kids volunteer for ten years!
The outings club of this term took place in November. A particular highlight was a trip to Laburnum boat club where we had two narrow boats going down the canals, and members got the chance to steer the boat and operate the locks! We also had bowling and swimming sessions. A great time was had by all, and with only a couple more weekend clubs this term we’re looking forward to the Christmas project!
Brainstorming at MUSI
On Friday 26th September, 5 members from our Friday SA Group went down to MUSI in the City. They spent the morning working individually with volunteers from MUSI, getting to know each other and playing ice-breaker games including a fun one where we had to make a pyramid with just an elastic band and a few pieces of string! Then they worked on individual tasks together related to the Friday group eg. organising a car wash rota, researching Christmas card materials and images and selling items on Ebay. After a lovely lunch, we divided into two groups and each had a brainstorm about a potential new activity that the Friday group could be involved in; there was everything from opening cafe, to an allotment, and getting even more technical – devising an app!
Kith & Kids is hosting a Jazz and Blues evening in aid of the KLASP project on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm. Featuring The Joe Bickerstaff Sextet and Stayhorn as well as vocals from Kith & Kids ex-staff member Helen Robertson, parent Pernell Adams and James Lawrence, it looks set to be a great musical night! Tickets are £12.50 including a 2 course meal and can be bought from Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do come along – being held here at the Irish Centre there will also be a licensed bar!
Thank you to our volunteers who took part in lots of summer fundraising activities! Ellen and Michaela completed a 165 mile cycle to Paris, and Jo swam 14km down a very cold Thames as part of the Bridge to Bridge challenge! Employees at Blick Rothenberg were also busy doing the JP Morgan 5K, followed by the Thames Path Challenge – thank you! To see more of what our supporters have been up to – please see our latest newsletter.
Our summer camp is in full swing, and everyone is really enjoying themselves despite the very wet weather! The groups have been making some lovely meals including the camp favourite, pasta bolognaise followed by banoffee pie; spirits are remaining high even though there is lots of chopping to be done! See a selection of photos from the camp so far at www.facebook.com/kithandkids
We had a successful and educational two week Social Development Project in August, where the sun shined and a wide range of fun activities were on offer, that were thoroughly enjoyed by volunteers and members alike. We enjoyed drumming, singing and guitar playing in Roshi’s music sessions. Our Art sessions with Richard and Mary saw members build their own houses, make a mannequin and make personalised cushions, whilst our theatrical side was explored in Madeleine’s and Natalie’s drama and video workshops, where we dressed up and acted out a number of different scenarios, including real life scenarios that members could relate to day to day life, and played a range of eye contact, miming and movement games to encourage frienships and social development.
Members and volunteers also had a great time going on a wide range of fun outings that included bowling, ice skating, a boat ride along the Thames, a trip to Clissold Park, shopping in Wood Green and a trip to a Chinese restaurant in Leicester Square! The last day saw a sporting extravaganza, where the competition in the onion and spoon and the slow motion race was fierce!
The project had a theme of ‘Change’ and the final afternoon reflected this by changing negative to positive approaches. The workshoppers managed to squeeze in lots of the performances and activities members had been doing in the workshops all week.
Thank you to all the members, volunteers and workshoppers who helped to make it a brilliant two weeks! Once again everyone on the project was really well fed and a big thank you must also go out to everyone that helped cook lunch in the kitchen over the two weeks! Whoever arranged the sunny weather also deserves a mention. See lots of photos from the project at www.facebook.com/kithandkids
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Kith & Kids’ team of cyclists braved hurricane Bertha over the weekend to take part in the second ever RideLondon race. Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the course wound its way through London and Surrey, however the 100 mile course was cut down to 83 miles due to the extremely poor weather conditions, and then finished on the Mall in Central London. The sun even came out at the very end to welcome riders back! Thank you to our riders who have collectively raised nearly £4000 so far, and well done for completing the race.
It’s that time of year… Our Christmas cards are on sale! Download the brochure here and email email@example.com or give us a call to order!
Kith & Kids hosted a football tournament last night, Thursday 24th July, and a brilliant 8 teams took part. Mitchell, in the photo on the right, won golden boot for scoring 7 goals in the tournament, and the eventual winners were joint between Cheshunt and Tottenham Pathway. A great evening and great football, well done everyone! Please see the full photo album on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/kithandkids
Tesco Express Launch
A new Tottenham Tesco Express store celebrated it’s launch with a £500 donation to Kith & Kids. Maddy was invited to the store on West Green Road to cut the ribbon to declare the store officially open and accept the cheque. The store chose to donate to Kith & Kids as part of its commitment to supporting the local community and we hope they will continue to support us as they settle into their new premises!
Summer Camp Social Media Appeal
As you may be aware, last year was the first time in 44 years we were unable to run our popular summer camp for disabled children and young adults due to lack of funding. We’ve decided to run the camp this year. Our #HolsForAllKids campaign aims to raise awareness and funds so that children and young adults can have a holiday and make memories just like you did. Can you guess who this is on the right?
To get involved – simply choose a photo of yourself on a childhood holiday, upload it with the hashtag #HolsForAllKids and don’t forget to text CAMP45 £3, £5 or £10 to 70070! Find out more here.