It’s all too easy when we’re thinking about our own summer holiday plans with our families to forget that there are many kids growing up in the UK for whom the school holidays can be a living nightmare. For these vulnerable children, six weeks away from the protection and support of school can be absolutely terrifying. Facing an increased risk of neglect and abuse during the long holiday, these kids are often forced to seek protection in street gangs, where they find a misplaced sense of belonging and family.
As you know I’m a passionate supporter of Kids Company and their incredibly vital work supporting vulnerable children. And their excellent Kids Company’s Summer Residential Programme offers support during the summer holidays, providing summer camps and day trips to engage children with fun, educational and confidence building activities.
They’ve launched the Safe Summer appeal with matched funding initiative from The Childhood Trust Summer Give, where each individual donation under £5,000 could be DOUBLED thanks to The Childhood Trust. So whatever’s donated by the end of 5 June, will be doubled. Your donation could make a huge difference to children’s lives. Please, watch this video, and click here to donate to the Safe Summer appeal. Let’s help these vulnerable kids have their best summer ever.
*Update: A few weeks after this post was written the sad news was announced that Kids Company had been closed.