Kids Inspire is a distinguished charity dedicated to supporting children and young people facing social, economic, or educational disadvantages in Essex. The donation will be utilized to further enhance Kids Inspire’s renowned Mentoring Project, a vital initiative that has been making a positive impact for over a decade.
Established in 2007, Kids Inspire has become an award-winning registered charity known for its comprehensive range of trauma-informed therapeutic interventions. Their mission is to “Empower, Heal, and Prevent,” utilizing a unique multi-generational, family-inclusive approach that has proven highly effective in the Essex region. Over the past 15 years, the organization has emerged as a specialist provider, offering bespoke packages of support for children, young people, and families struggling with emerging mental health issues, trauma, attachment and relationship problems, stress and anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional or behavioural challenges.
The Matchroom Charitable Foundation’s contribution will play a significant role in bolstering Kids Inspire’s Mentoring Project, a cornerstone of their services. This endeavor has been catering to young minds aged 8 to 18, who grapple with emotional, behavioural, and mental health difficulties. As the pandemic has taken its toll on the mental health of many, the demand for mentorship and support has grown exponentially. The pandemic’s challenges have exacerbated existing issues and given rise to new ones, leaving many young people feeling anxious, isolated, and disconnected from their families and education.
Each Mentee is allocated an average of twenty support sessions, tailor-made to address their unique needs. Referrals come from schools, GPs, self-referrals, and therapists, highlighting the significant impact mentoring can have in helping young people transition to independence after therapy. Ensuring the safety and well-being of the Mentees, all Mentors undergo thorough DBS checks and receive comprehensive mentoring and safeguarding training. Furthermore, Kids Inspire’s Mentor Supervisors, all qualified and accredited therapists, provide continuous guidance and support to the dedicated Mentors.
Katharine Loveday, representing Kids Inspire, says ‘’Kids Inspire is delighted to have been chosen to receive a substantial donation from the Matchroom Charitable Foundation. Kids Inspire provides essential services for young people in the local community and relies on the support of local businesses and individuals to continue with this work. Over the years, the Kids Inspire Mentoring Project has made a positive difference to the lives of many Mentees and been a rewarding volunteering experience for the Mentors.’