Idea 1: New Ping Pong Table for KAOS Youth Club

Describe your Good Idea: I run a youth club for 10 -15 year olds and we had a table tennis table given to us from someone – but it was in very bad condition. The young people really enjoyed it but it broke and had to be thrown away. We are looking for £145 for a new one.

Why is this Idea important? The young people of the club really enjoyed Table Tennis before our donated one broke and was really unsafe.

How would funding help with your Idea? For the purchase from Sports Direct of a brand new Table Tennis table

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? The young people that attend our club are able to have fun, get good exercise, and socialise, by playing Table Tennis.

Idea 2: Fundraising for charity work in Malawi

Describe your Good Idea: I would like some funding for the charity Progressio. In April I will be volunteering in Malawi for three months as part of their organisation and I have a fundraising target of £800 to reach. Progressio are part of a government run scheme called International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most. ICS works with communities that have specifically requested their help and aims to inspire young people in the UK and overseas to become active citizens who are passionate about long term community development.

Why is this Idea important? Malawi is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Communities are largely dependent on subsistence farming and so are vulnerable to droughts and heavy rainfall putting their livelihoods at risk. Additionally around one in every ten adults in Malawi lives with HIV, placing a significant burden on the many Malawians who care for sick HIV patients (as often they are ill themselves or are looking after children orphaned by the virus). We will be working on a project that aims to improve people’s lives. It could include conservation activities, integrated natural resources management and advocacy, environmental, education and communication pro-grammes. The work we do with Progressio will have been specifically asked for by the grassroots charity in Malawi and will work to empower young people and women.

How would funding help with your Idea? Funding will enable me to go and volunteer in Malawi as well as contributing to the ICS programme as a whole so that a further 10,000 young people from the UK can volunteer with in country volunteers on projects in the developing world and fight poverty.

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? Hopefully the community we work with in Malawi will be better off than before we arrived and more young people from the UK will be in developing countries helping to fight poverty.

Idea 3: Sensory storytelling for children with Autism

Describe your Good Idea: I already run Interactive Sensory Storytelling sessions for babies at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend and would like to offer sessions to children with autism, their families and carers.

The session would be split into two parts and would last for approximately 45 minutes, the first part would be a delivered story journey, inspired by the collections at the Prittlewell Priory Museum’s Wildlife Room, followed by free-choice sensory play.

By using rhyme, alliteration, repetition and song I draw children into a magical world and offer them each the opportunity to be a part of the story journey with assorted tactile props along the way. During the sensory play part of the session there is further opportunity for the children to explore these open-ended resources, largely made from stimulating and interesting natural materials, to support their understanding of the world around them.

Why is this Idea important? I am passionate about providing activities that celebrate reading and stories and reach all children. Interactive Sensory Storytelling gives every child the opportunity to be a part of the story journey. There are limited activities that families can all share altogether if you have a child with autism and these sessions will have something for the entire family.

How would funding help with your Idea? I need the funding to help to provide a free pilot session for families and carers. It would go towards paying for a live musician, the venue cost and additional resources.

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? I would aim to offer regular sessions for families and carers and invite local schools to attend additional sessions. It would also raise awareness for Southend Museums and provide feedback from families about how access to museums could be enhanced for families with children who have autism.

Idea 4: LGBTQ peer mentoring in secondary schools

Describe your Good Idea: We are looking at starting a secondary school peer mentoring programme for those questioning sexuality and gender. Confident LGBTQ students will be trained in skills such as listening, confidentiality and various subjects with the aim to set up a support network within their school.

Why is this Idea important? Coming out is a difficult time in a person’s life so working with those that have gone through it will support other students that might be struggling. It will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of LGBTQ students and the support available.

How would funding help with your Idea? Funding will help run the sessions – for example providing refreshments and resources.

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? in 6 months we hope to have spoken with at least three schools with support networks strong in at least two of them.

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