Free activities every day on Ykids Online
We have launched a brand new website with resources, craft, activities and blogs for kids, youth and families to engage with whilst at home. We’ll be updating it withbrand new content every day.
Head over there now!
Happy New Year!
This term, despite the national lock down, Ykids is thrilled to be able to provide services for our families and young people. We will be running weekly zoom groups from February, covering topics such as; Digital Power and being safe online, health and fitness, Mental wellbeing, creative arts and reading, faith and more!
Unfortunately, our Literacy Project and bookshop, Kingsley & Co, has had to close in accordance with the covid guidelines. You can find out more about the project here, and books can still be donated to our Ykids office.
Our community Pantry will continue to provide our members with a weekly food delivery.
We will continue our Digital loan scheme which matches young people with devices and internet access in order to help them develop digital skills and engage with online content.
We are so thankful to our supporters and funders for making this all possible, and our Ykids members for standing with us as we navigate this unprecedented time.
Our Vision & Mission
To equip children and young people to become world changers.
To build emotional resilience and equip young people with life skills.
To encourage children and young people to be agents of change in their community.
To enable our community, its families and institutions to make change and be changed.
We believe in enabling children to become the best that they can be, develop emotional resilience and reach their full potential. We encourage youth leadership, volunteering, skills development and dreaming dreams. Our vision is for a world where children feel safe, loved and lead happy, productive lives, making a positive impact in their own lives and in the lives of others.
Ykids works to make change and be change. We have an holistic approach where children come first, are consulted and encouraged to help shape our delivery. We see young people for their potential and all that they can become, valuing their gifts and creativity whatever challenges they face.
Young people at the centre:
Always at the heart of what we do.
Assets not issues:
Valuing everyone for what they bring and not the
challenges they face.
Committing for the long haul, to people, places and transformation.
Working with others and building friendships.
Constantly seeking ways we can improve and make new discoveries.
Dream big dreams.
To be the best we can be.
Life is for living and enjoying.
In yourself, in others, in God.
Our 8 Areas of Work
Ykids works in 8 key areas to offer as many opportunities for children, young people and their families to engage with us and commit to them
long term, measuring participation in years rather than weeks.
Youth & Children
We offer multiple regular groups aimed at children 5 -17 yrs focused on wellbeing, mentoring, citizenship, belonging, skills development and fun. Includes one off events and activities, short and long term programmes.
Ykids seeks to become a more self sustaining charity. We run Kingsley and Co, a children’s bookshop and literacy project aimed to excite children about literacy and have had other projects employing and training young people.
We offer support and promote family cohesion, through family projects, peer mentoring and training, 121 support and practical help such as court and hospital visits, food and crisis intervention.
We usually host an annual community project once a year, in the past we’ve done fun days, street play, garden clear ups, mural painting and more. We deliver social action projects and largescale events involving multiple partners and the wider community e.g. the ‘Believe Awards’, the Bootle Games.
We work in primary and secondary schools to deliver assemblies, self-esteem programmes and extracurricular activities, building relationships, mentoring and offering curriculum enhancing projects eg: Bootle Children’s Literary Festival.
Ykids has a Christian ethos and therefore some of our work is with local (and some not so local) churches. Our Christian work is distinct from our community work and has different aims. We work in partnership with churches to deliver training, events and activities to promote effective outreach in deprived communities