What we've been up to this month:

It's been a really busy month for us at Kidscape! We've been working with external evaluators to carry out interim reports of some of our projects, and these have shown great progress, which we're really pleased about. Some key points are highlighted below:

  • Our Parent Advice Line supported over 300 callers with advice about a bullying situation, exceeding its target by 50%
  • Our ZAP anti-bullying workshops for children and parents have continued to change lives, with over 95% of children reporting improved confidence and assertiveness, over 80% feeling better able to deal with bullying in the long-term and over 95% of parents enjoying a better relationship with their children and their schools
  • The THRIVE peer mentor scheme aims to tackle mental health and well-being issues amongst students at Wiltshire secondary schools. Since September, we have recruited double the target number of schools, and easily exceeded the targets for staff (+33%) and peer mentors (+100%) trained

World Poetry Day at the beginning of March was an unexpected highlight for us, when we heard via social media from a young boy's mother who had found Kidscape last year, and was incredibly happy and relieved to see him getting back to his old self. Ben was inspired to write a poem about friendship and what it meant to him at a tough time (attached). We couldn't be more proud of him.

We've got some more really exciting news that we're not allowed to talk about yet, so stay tuned for the next update when we hope we can share this with you!