Camden Loves: The Kids Network
The Kids Network are a local organisation working in Camden to help support children aged 8-11 through one-to-one mentoring. At a crucial age in a child’s development, mentors help with their social and emotional development during the transitional period between primary and secondary school. Mentors help build confidence, resilience and curiosity for ambitious futures through a series of fun and positive activities and experiences.
Currently, 50% of children’s mental health is diagnosed before 14, with more and more children feeling the effects of exam pressure, bullying and social media addiction. Children are stressed, depressed, anxious and angry, and it affects the disadvantaged disproportionally. Moreover, modern living can be hard for adults too, more and more young adults are impacted by loneliness. Many however want to give back in a meaningful way. By matching a local young professional with a child in their community we believe we can help connect our disconnected communities.
Weekly, mentors get the chance to see London through a child’s eyes! We’ve heard of mentors having the opportunity to try new things with their mentees, such as archery and bouldering, but also seeing the magic in all the free and local opportunities London has to offer. Outside of this mentors are then able to connect with one another through peer to peer support both online and in regular mentor meetups.
Currently, The Kids Network are on the lookout for fun, passionate and committed individuals who would be interested in making a meaningful impact on the lives of little Londoners as their mentors. If you are interested please fill in the form online, with more information here.
If you would like to partner with them to refer children onto the programme, please contact Freya on the number/email below.
If you have any questions, do just get in touch with Freya on 07533 098102 / email@example.com
Cherry and Kay
Kay, 11, has been working with her mentor for just over five months. The Kids Network matched her with Cherry, a young professional working in the not-for-profit sector. Cherry has spent almost 30 hours giving one to one support to build Kay’s confidence by trying new things, thinking about future aspirations and most importantly, having fun.
Cherry said, “I became a mentor because wanted to give something back, to give that guidance and support. I’m the oldest in my family but I wish that when I was younger that I had had an older sister figure, that cool older person at that key time when you really needed someone.
Just because you are from a certain background or certain age, doesn’t mean you can’t be whoever you want to be. There’s a big disconnect, we are all people at the end of the day and we were all once children. I’m still young at heart! You can learn so much from other people, especially children – they don’t hold back!”
When we asked Kay what she thought of her time with The Kids Network she said, “I like art and I like writing. The best thing about my mentor is that we can talk and we can have a giggle.
Cherry is a nice person, we have a lot of fun, when we go for bubble tea we try all different kinds of flavours, we go to the park sometimes and we go on the swings and to the library.
I can talk to her a lot and I can have a laugh with her, we have stuff in common.
It makes me feel a bit better to have a mentor. I don’t want her to go, I want her to stay with me.”
Cherry has also seen the positive changes through her time with Kay, “I’m so glad that in the short amount of time I have been mentoring K, such incredible changes have taken place within her already. I believe that If she continues to develop in this way, her transition into secondary school will be so much smoother.
It helps to remind me of why I joined up with The Kids Network in the first place and shows just how much of a positive impact mentoring can have on those young people who need it the most.
I’m hoping that it will be one of those times in Kay’s life that she looks back fondly on and has helped in some way to shape the incredible woman she will grow up to be.”