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May E-newsletter

08/05/2013

A HUGE KIDS COMPANY THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT MORGAN STANLEY !!!

The Morgan Stanley Heart Yard was opened on 30 April 2013 by Joanna Lumley with Camila and Sue Watts, Chair of the Morgan Stanley International Foundation. Morgan Stanley and its London employees raised 1.6 million enabling Kids Company to purchase and equip a permanent therapy centre that will give thousands of children the help they need.

This is the first centre that Kids Company now owns outright, providing a legacy for the charity and a lasting tribute to the generosity of Morgan Stanley and its employees for which we are so grateful.

The Morgan Stanley Heart Yard is a therapeutic sanctuary in the heart of South London where the most vulnerable children will receive intensive emotional and psychological support. Kids Company provides a lifeline to children, young people and carers to overcome the unimaginable abuses suffered during their lives through a range of holistic and traditional therapies.

The new building offers double the capacity of the previous rented facility with six additional rooms which have been made into dedicated therapy rooms. Kids Company aims to double the number of face to face sessions from 500 per month to 1,000 per month having a huge impact on the lives of so many more children.

THIS MONTH:

NOMINATE KIDS COMPANY AT YOUR LOCAL SAINSBURY'S

Every May, customers are able to nominate their favourite charity at their local Sainsbury's. The one selected becomes the store's Local Charity and is supported over the next 12 months through fundraising and volunteering.

You can nominate Kids Company between now and 15th May by picking up, completing and submitting a nomination form at your local Sainsbury store. This year, you can also download nomination forms from Sainsbury's Local Charity page and submit them by emailing local.charity@sainsburys.co.uk

DIFC SUPERHERO RUN

SUNDAY 19th MAY

REGENT'S PARK

The Doitforcharity.com superhero run will be taking place in London on Sunday 19 May. Over 2,000 people are expected to take part raising funds for hundreds of different charities and now this is your chance to join them!

All you need to do is register online here to reserve your place, and pledge to raise 100 for Kids Company.

No previous experience is required and with a bit of training the 5km or 10km distance should easily be within your capabilities. The spirit of the event is taking part' not winning' so you can run, jog or walk you decide!

For more information email suzie.curran@kidsco.org.uk

COMING SOON:

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING PLAYSCHEMES

If you want to relive the summer holidays of your youth and help teach children (and perhaps your colleagues!) the benefits of teamwork and creativity, get in touch with our Corporate Volunteering team to hear about our Playscheme project. Taking place at the beginning of the summer holidays, the Playscheme is run in two of our schools and includes cooking, sport, arts and crafts and drama workshops for up to 50 children, as well as outdoor obstacle courses and even bouncy castles!

For more information about how your team can get involved, please contact dilara.gurpinar@kidsco.org.uk

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:

MARYLEBONE SUMMER FAYRE

SUNDAY 16TH JUNE

MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET

Kids Company are delighted to have been chosen as the Marylebone Summer Fayre's partner charity once again. The Fayre is everything you would expect from a traditional village fete food, drink, music, children's activities, craft stalls, a farmers' market, tombola and lashings of community spirit. There is a music stage featuring some of the most exciting up-and-coming acts in the country, some of London's finest restaurants and retailers taking, and an amazing range of activities for the whole family. See more on the event here.

The Fayre raises lots of money for Kids Company in a variety of exciting ways! Every penny spent at the Festival Bar in the Blue Zone goes directly to Kids Company, dozens of generous retailers, institutions and individuals are contributing a glittering array of prizes to the Summer Fayre tombola, which will be drawn on the day of the event and lots of our local retailers and restaurants are raising money for Kids Company by adding an extra 1 to the bill of any customers willing to participate. We look forward to seeing you there!

IN THE PRESS:

KIDS COMPANY ON THE SECRET MILLIONS' CHANNEL 4

Kids Company were recently involved in Channel 4's The Secret Millions', which aired last Sunday 28th of April. Led by Gok Wan, the documentary follows the journey of some of our young people as they pilot a new therapy-based programme; a project that will develop the skills that our most vulnerable young people need to enter the workplace. The pilot is part of a plea to the Big Lottery to ask for big money to make the scheme permanent.

If you missed it, catch up here on 4OD, and find out whether we managed to secure the funding!

If you would like to know more about the job therapy course, click here.

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ON MARGARET THATCHER

With the legacy of Margaret Thatcher dividing the nation, The Guardian asked some of Kids Company's young people to give their views on the Iron Lady, and how her policies are still affecting young people today. Read the full article here.
LINK: http://www.kidsco.org.uk/media/2013/may-e-newsletter...
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