Get involved Trusts and Foundations Trusts and Foundations Trusts and Foundations provide a vital source of income towards KIDS’ projects for disabled children, young people and their families, and we are keen to build meaningful partnerships with trusts that share our goals. KIDS has a number of key projects in need of funding that your trust could support. You could help us to: Expand our work with disabled young people Transitioning to adulthood can be a difficult time for any young person, but for a disabled young person it can bring even greater worries and challenges. KIDS recognises the need for greater support for disabled teenagers and young adults, and it is one of our strategic priorities to increase the services we provide to this age group. Your support could: Help a disabled young person to remain in education and gain qualifications. KIDS School Inclusion Project supports young people, their schools and their families to implement strategies that prevent disabled young people being excluded from school and help them to thrive in their educational setting. Expand our Transitions Groups, which allow disabled young people to lead discussions on issues that matter to them such as health and relationships, whilst also teaching them practical life skills that will increase their independence such as cooking, budgeting and using public transport. Expand our employment support for disabled young people, which includes workshops covering a range of employment-related skills and also supports young people through work experience placements. “Through my KIDS work placement I've made new friends and learned a lot about the sports relating to ice and skating, my confidence has grown and the experience has helped me find a positive direction for my career to go. I am now working part time at an ice rink and enjoying every minute!” Give opportunities to disabled children Support disabled babies and toddlers through speech workshops, specialist nurseries and Home Learning, which give them the best possible chance to develop in the crucial early stages. Enable a disabled child to have a weekly Short Break, which gives them a few hours week to do something fun with their KIDS worker, like going swimming or to a soft play centre, and allowing their parents to take a vital break from caring. Provide after-school and school holiday clubs at our playgrounds and centres across the country, giving disabled children to chance to play, learn and develop their social skills and independence. “My son Thomas has Autism and loves coming to KIDS’ clubs, where he is always made to feel at ease. The fact the team at KIDS understand him is so refreshing. In over 9 years I have never experienced this before. He has been given independence and respect from the KIDS team and I cannot praise them enough.” Provide support to parents and siblings KIDS runs a number of parent befriending programmes and training workshops, as well as mentoring and activity groups for siblings and young carers, ensuring the whole family is supported. “Your involvement with my family has meant huge practical help during a difficult time. I think the key thing is that KIDS does stuff with and for the whole family, not just the child: I am sure yours is the kind of service that helps prevent family breakup as a result of the strains that child disability brings." To find out more about any of our projects, arrange a visit, or learn more about KIDS, please contact Michael Koudounas, Senior Trust and Corporate Fundraiser on 020 7359 3635 or by email.