Number of children and young people IiC have impacted 20,000

Our Voices

VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE

“Going on the residential made me happier and the difference with school is even though I had a few hypo’s I didn’t have to stop doing things. I just had to wait till my bloods came up and I was allowed to do the activity. I liked how we were all the same.” T1KZ -YP

“Investing in Children has really helped me come out my shell and it has provided me with a great deal of experiences”.

“At the CICC meetings we all get a say in what is happening around us. Out of 10 I would give the meetings a 9.” – CiCC YP

“I met with lots of different projects and began to understand how they worked, and I was able to explain to social services what I think they needed to do to make things better, like going into the local community centre more to meet the young people. We even learnt about budgets”

“I started working with Investing in Children in March 2018 as my friend brought me along. I came along so I could make the place I live a better place. Our project was called ‘Keep Fit Kids’ and our true aim was to make Sherburn Road a better place for young people children. Our project has made me feel better as a person and proud as I know I have made a change in my local area and made an impact on the young people. I think Investing in Children has taught me a lot of things and helped me for later in life as I have gained confidence to stand up in front of people and speak out of my heart. I also think if other people my age the opportunity had to help their local area they would definitely and I would like to say thank you to Comic Relief for the funding as we wouldn’t be able to do it without them”. Comic Relief - Sammy 2018

VOICES OF PROFESSIONALS

“Young people involved in IiC gained qualifications, and developed skills around managing budgets, communication, presentation skills, skills around working with partner agencies, youth work skills and many more. The project I was involved with gave the young people so much employability skills for the future”. Rebecca Lee, County Durham Youth Offending Team. 2017

“Thanks to the vision and generosity from KH, a young lad, originally from the area, Grange Villa have been able to resurrect their youth project. K wanted to give something back to the young people in Grange Villa and successfully with funding from Comic Relief to meet that aim. As a direct result of his vision and drive we now have a youth session every Friday evening during term time, managed by Pelton Community Centre. Over the last few weeks we’ve had 21 young people attending each night. The success doesn’t end there though, Grange Villa Enterprise Centre have agreed funding to pay for a dedicated expert to seek funding to obtain equipment, games etc. and provide out of area activities for the young people who attend.

"We are hoping the Youth project at Grange Villa is sustainable long term, which just shows what can be achieved with effort, enthusiasm and vision. All three qualities which K possessed and led by example. Without K’s vision this would probably not have happened. A great big thankyou and well-done.” Comic Relief - Gerry Walker Chair Pelton Parish Council 2018

“This has a positive impact on our grading form Ofsted as the areas covered are part of the Ofsted criteria. The award is shared with relevant stakeholders who have an interest in the investment the service makes to the young people’s lives.” “Everyone involved found the process interesting and young people are more than happy to engage. The assessor has developed positive relationships with the young people and service which promotes the young people’s confidence with interaction.” “We have achieved the award for a number of years now and the continuation is important” – Member - Derwent Dene Lodge (Cambian Group)

“Achieving this award has a fantastic impact on our organisation in terms of the pride we feel in the children and young people we serve, our community, our volunteers, staff and management team” Lus na greine IRELAND - TUSLA

Thank you for being honest and giving a fun session. It is really good that the children get involved. Keep up the good work” – Social Work Student Northumbria University.

VOICES OF PARENTS

“Type 1 Kidz really is a wonderful resource for our children to access and Chloe and Sam are wonderful role models for the young people who attend. The benefits of having that opportunity to connect with other T1 families can’t be over-stated and, as a parent, I have to say I feel we benefit from it just as much as my son.” T1KZ - Parent

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