Each child grew with confidence, self-esteem, dignity and beauty – by the end of the weekend they all looked visibly taller!

Peter, our Director of Services, ran another hugely successful residential weekend at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire at the end of June. 12 young people who have suffered severe bullying (and attended one of our ZAP workshops in the past year) met 12 ‘buddies’ from Stowe School. The young people had an amazing weekend together and we wanted to share a couple of lovely emails we got from two parents:

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you and your staff for all the organisational practicalities, dedication, commitment and love you all put out to these kids, the time and effort, and total passion and enthusiasm to help them overcome the difficulties they face and become the true potential of who they are. What a gift and blessing to these children that they can have an opportunity to turn negative events into a positive life changing experience in the most beautiful surroundings.  Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself. Each child grew with confidence, self-esteem, dignity and beauty – by the end of the weekend they all looked visibly taller!”

“Just that one weekend has made a difference to how our son thinks about himself, how to speak up for himself and he is building on his confidence every day. He left Stowe with his shoulders back and a little taller.” 

And in other news, our ZAP trainers have been busy promoting our workshops for severely bullied children in the Midlands and the North East. Firstly, Julie Smith delivered a ZAP taster session to an LGBT youth group in Leicester. They enjoyed it so much they’ve booked a full day ZAP workshop in September. And both Danny Gilchrist and a different Julie (Julie Lane – who is our ZAP North East parent session facilitator!) spoke about our ZAP project at the Anti-Bullying Professionals Conference 2016 in Sunderland.  They ran ‘anti-bullying and assertiveness’ sessions, with a particular emphasis on the experience of parents. They focused on parents/carers feelings of ‘powerlessness’, as well as their anger and frustration at not being able to help their child. They talked about how Kidscape helps to support parents and children with our unique intervention programmes.

As it’s the summer holidays now our projects are a little quieter. But we’ve just completed a funding application for a really exciting new project which will extend our safeguarding work into a new area. We can’t say too much about it yet but if we find out that we’re successful we’ll let you know straight away!