Growing the community – Kids Kabin takes action

Through the You + Us programme, we’ve been teamed up with young people and partners from across the North East to support them to take action on issues in their local community. The national #iwill social action initiative focuses on the double benefit of volunteering, helping young people to learn new skills and make a different to their community. 
Here is what difference social action has made to young people at Kids Kabin in Cowgate, Newcastle.

Kids Kabin runs creative activities for young people, aged 8-13, in Newcastle upon Tyne. The charity is based in a purpose built arts centre in Walker, with a satellite centres in Cowgate, Pottery Bank, Daisy Hill, and Byker. These centres contain workshops where local kids can take part in woodwork, cookery, pottery, art, dance, drama, glasswork or bike repairs.

The Cowgate group wanted to take part in the national #iwill campaign as they were passionate about learning more around addiction. The group felt that this was a subject they needed to know more about. They talked about seeing a lot of people in the area who are addicted to alcohol, cigarettes and illegal substances. The young people also come into contact with drug paraphernalia and offensive weapons nearby their local church hall, the police had to be called and it was dealt with safely. This made them interested to learn more and see what they could do for their local community.

Youth Focus North East worked with the group for over 6 months, helping them to build on their team work and planning skills. They started to do their research and make links with PROPS (Positive response to overcoming substances) who work with young people whose parents are affected by substances. They completed a session and received a certificate. The group started to look at healthier options to combat addiction and the one they were really interested in was healthy eating. They decided that they would make a greenhouse and grow fruit and veg. They also wanted to raise some money. Kids Kabin had a cake sale held in the Virgin Money Regent Centre in Gosforth and raised over £126 in less than 2 hours. The fresh grown fruit and veg, left over cakes and over £126 raised was donated to the People Kitchen who have been supporting the homeless and disadvantaged since 1985. They absolutely loved this project and here’s what they had to say in their evaluation and impact measurement forms.

What difference being involved in this project has made to you?
Naomi, age 10, “I have learned how to work as a team and really enjoyed it” “I would like to bring food straight to homeless people”
Paul, age 11, “I have learned how unfortunate people can be and how generous others can be”
Lucky, age 11, “I am shy and now I am more confident talking to people”