The Good Childhood Report 2019

Read the latest report from the Children’s Society collating the views of young people aged 11-18 from across the UK.

Since 2009 children and young people have become increasingly unhappy. Based on the latest figures we estimate a quarter of a million children are unhappy with their lives, with factors like friends, school and appearance all playing a role.

We are calling on the Government to introduce national measurement of well-being for all children aged 11-18 to be undertaken through schools and colleges once a year. This would enable the experiences of young people to be recorded and issues acted upon for future generations.

The Good Childhood Report 2019 is the eighth in our annual series and alongside the latest trends in children’s well-being, also looks at family, financial circumstance, multiple disadvantage and what children and young people think about the future.

Read our interactive summary.

Find out more and access the full report…

Kirklees Youth Alliance: 2 More Weeks of Healthy Holidays To Go

Places available at a range of free activities, including a free meal, across Kirklees, for children and young people

Plus Huddersfield Youth Festival this Saturday

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the groups and organisations who’ve been involved in running the Healthy Holidays programme so far. It was a huge project to pull off at short notice, and despite the initial teething problems, we’ve been getting some great feedback and things are going well.

If you work with young people and families, please encourage them to make use of the service. The 48 clubs are still offering around 1100 places a day for school age children for the remainder of the summer holidays.

Huddersfield Youth Festival

Plus, we’ve been involved in organising a free youth festival this Saturday in Reinwood, Huddersfield with music, food, fairground rides, climbing wall and more.

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Locala Community Fund Opens on 1st September

Community, third sector and voluntary groups based in Kirklees, Calderdale or Bradford can apply for up to £1500 in funding

In March 2019, 12 groups from Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford received a share of £10,000 of funding. From September, the fund will be open for applications again, with priority given to projects that fit with Locala’s strategic objectives. These are:

  • Supporting carers
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment

For details of who can apply, how the fund works and other FAQs, see the Locala website.

To join the mailing list for updates on the community fund, please email membership@locala.org.uk

THIRD SECTOR JOBS: Various Roles working to support Families and Young People

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust – Be part of our team!

  • Communications Officer
  • Specialist Practioners (Children’s Mental Health)
  • Well-Being Support Workers
  • Emotional Health Worker
  • Project Worker – RISE

All deadlines are 1st September 2019

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust continues to grow and around 75% of all charity funds are spent on salaries, so we are recruiting again.

In 2019, we’re a partner in Thriving Kirklees – joining up and transforming health services for families in Kirklees and we have additional funds to reduce waiting times.  We’re working more closely with schools and have been funded to pilot mental health support teams in schools, again in partnership.  We continue to successfully raise funds by working with local businesses and through weddings and events in our barn, as well as receiving funds from the Big Lottery and Children in Need.

There are a wide range of people working at Northorpe Hall in 2019 – over 70 employees, plus volunteers, self-employed workers including counsellors, trainee education mental health practitioners and CAMHS and Nursing staff employed by partner organisations, co-located with us to join up services and provide the best support to families and young people in Kirklees.

The team is diverse, talented, hard-working and friendly – with a wide range of experience and professional backgrounds.  Some joined us early in their career and have gained experience and qualifications with us over the years, others have brought significant experience from education, social care, clinical settings and family or youth work.  We provide high quality support, supervision and training to staff to ensure they can provide quality support to young people and families.  We work 8am to 8pm to respond to family’s needs, so we can offer flexible working and part-time hours too.

Now is a great time to join the Northorpe Hall team.  You’ll get great experience of innovative, responsive mental health support to children and families; get training and development opportunities to grow your skills and knowledge and you’ll feel supported and valued as part of a team.  You will also make a real difference to the lives of local young people who really need your support and care.

Check our job vacancies at https://www.northorpehall.co.uk/get-involved/job-vacancies

Or register at the same web address to receive all new vacancies directly by email.

Member News: Huddersfield Giants Community Trust Looking for Trustees

Join the largest charity associated with a super league club

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are seeking to appoint individuals to become new members of our Board of Trustees. We need people who are committed to understanding and developing the innovative ways in which the Trust supports more than 200,000 different young people a year, many with complex and multiple needs. We are a non-profit organisation delivering sports, education & NCS-based initiatives into the community.  We are the largest official charity affiliated with a super league club. We are here to inspire, create opportunities, promote being active and as a whole building a community where everyone belongs.

The Board meets at least 6 times a year for an average 2.5 hours. There is also a need to read reports in advance of each meeting.

For further details contact Kim Turner: Kim@hgct.co.uk

www.hgct.co.uk

Funding News: New Fund for Youth Social Action

#iwill Fund for Young People in Kirklees – deadline 12th July

The #iwill Fund is managed by One Community Foundation on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund. Local fundraising is also a key part of the #iwill Programme.

The #iwill Fund is an England wide joint investment that brings together £40 million in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, creating a central investment pot. The National Lottery Community Fund believes that when young people are leading social action, communities thrive.

The #iwill Fund in Kirklees will offer grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects and activities raising the level and quality of youth social action in an area. Activities must be for young people between the age of 10 and 20, and up to 25 years for disabled young people.
 
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and helping young people develop the skills and knowledge that employers looks for.

Example projects may include:

  • A drop in where young people teach others new skills such as coding/bike maintenance/nail art
  • Bite-size events for young people to train an organisation’s staff on the latest social media
  • Growing vegetables with a local allotment or food initiative and then selling them
  • Youth volunteering projects where young people support local residents needing help such as shopping, gardening and street cleaning

The Funding deadline for applications is Friday 12 July.

Applications are made online, please follow this link to the fund page, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the blue ‘apply now’ button.

For help and advice, please contact the Foundation Grants Team: (01484) 468397.

Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:

Announcing the KYA Healthy Holidays Programme

Registration App Launched & First Activities Announced

Kirklees Youth Alliance is delighted to announce that it has secured it’s first big commission and funding, from Kirklees Council, to run a full programme of young people’s activities across Kirklees throughout the Summer Holidays.

The Healthy Holidays programme will include free fun activities, open to all children and young people, including sports and games, trips, arts and crafts run by a range of local organisations and community groups. And every activity will include a meal to make sure that no children go hungry in the summer break.

60 local providers, who are members of the new Kirklees Youth Alliance, have been recruited to put on 48 clubs, offering around 1100 places per day from 22nd July to 30th August. Each group has been vetted and had their policies and procedures checked, plus training has been provided for any organisations that needed an update in areas such as food hygiene, first aid or safeguarding.

Register Now on the Schools Out App

Parents can register their children now via a brand new app called KYA Schools Out, and will be able to book them on any of the activities in their local area from Monday 15th July.

See What’s On in Your Area

The first activities have been announced and you can see what’s on in your area via the lings below:

More areas and activities will be announced soon.