Conference #1- Lib Dem Conference: A warm welcome to Glasgow

•January 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello, good evening and welcome.

Myself and the Kids Count team arrived at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow. With high hopes of channelling the late and great David Frost we were poised to ask all the hard-hitting questions of those who should have some answers.

David Frost, we may not be yet but what an amazing opportunity to practice our interviewing skills and to pose the youth perspective to one half of the coalition government.

Since the Lib Dems are seen as a party that are youth friendly, we were interested to see if the voice of young people was noticeable here and if youth issues were at the forefront of their agenda.

In his opening speech Nick Clegg mentioned youth unemployment, saying “young people find themselves on a scrapheap without opportunities”. It’s a struggle that we know we need to tackle so I was looking forward to seeing actual solutions they pitch to this rising youth issue. Watch this space…

Young people have also been at the forefront of the media lately in terms of cyber bullying following some all too common tragedies. I want to see reactions to this topical debate and what can be done to tackle it so no more young people are lost at the hands of cyber trolls. As someone who’s experienced the effects it can have, I know online safety is crucial for young people.

Armed with my own experiences as a young person and my media pass I was ready to find some answers. But not before I’d experience a wee bit of Scottish culture and the friendly atmosphere.

I’m off to find some answers, until next time…


Awesome aspirations: Guest blog

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Many of us have dreams, hopes and aspirations; things we want to do in life. What are your aspirations? Maybe you have more than one. This is all about you, the reader! How to focus on your dream.  Today is Wednesday 28th August 2013, and 50 years ago to this very day Martin Luther King gave a speech entitled ” I have a dream”. Today I ask you what is your dream? And how are you going to make it happen? Maybe you want to change something in your community or maybe something personal; either way you need a plan and a strategy, a way you are going to make it happen. Maybe you’ll be the next Emily Pankhurst who changed the Law so that women could vote in elections, or Martin Luther King who stood up strong and proud to face injustice. To survive they have focus and determination. Have you got these qualities? Until next time…


Inspiration Awards 2013

•June 28, 2013 • 8 Comments

Last year, we made a promise that the 2013 annual Inspiration Awards would be the biggest, the best and the most inspirational awards we have ever had to date.  We wanted to create an evening with an electrifying atmosphere, fantastic musicians and an air of inspiration. We wanted to celebrate and appreciate the best community organisations and individuals from across the country who selflessly give their time to help others. Did the night deliver all that we promised?

The night began with a short performance from upcoming singer-songwriter Abi Murray, armed only with her voice and a man with a guitar. She wowed the audience with breath-taking acoustic covers of Locked out of Heaven and Picking up the Pieces, followed by one of her own tracks. Abi did an amazing job of setting the night in motion, and we would like to thank her for such an amazing performance.

The second musical performance of the night came from our very own ambassador Raphaella, a very talented upcoming artist with a stunningly angelic voice. She choose to do a number of original songs including the song for our new anti-bullying campaign I Stand For. Raphaellas music boosted the atmosphere in the room as she made sure that ALL members of the audience got involved! Thank you to Raphaella for her fantastic contribution to the evening.

After Abi’s performance, things got down to business. The first Awards of the night came under the ‘Inspire the House’ title- these awards are presented to organisations or individuals who have been nominated by an MP who recognise their achievements in the community.

Winners and Awards:

Challenger TroopChallenger troop came to the stage to accept their Highly Commended award for Best    Contribution by a Community Group nominated by an MP, dressed in military attire. This group works with young people in Kent between 8-16years to help keep them in school. Many of the mentors have served in the Armed Forces, and use their experiences and strengths to teach the young people self- discipline and responsibility. Challenger Troop were a shining example of how we can use our experiences to improve the lives of others- something every one of us can take away from the evening.

Youth of lough

Youth of Loughborough won the Highly Commended award alongside Challenger Troop. This organisation was recently set up in Loughborough because of the lack of opportunities and activities to do in the local area. The group talk to young people to find out what things they like to do, and the things that are needed in the local area. This group are an inspiration to us all, and show that if we are pro-active we can all make a difference to our local communities.

Beat AbuseThe Winners of the Inspire the House Best Contribution by a Community Group were Beat Abuse, an organisation set-up and run by a group of young people from Speke. They took to the stage and spoke of their inspiration to set up the group after one of their friends was murdered as a result of domestic violence. Deciding that there was a lack of organisations in the local area that dealt with the issue, they came together to use her death as a way to educate and raise awareness.  It was truly inspirational to see how these young people  turned a terrible tragedy into something that could help others in a similar situation. They campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse by hosting conferences, raising money to produce a leaflet and workshops in schools.

Harry Crowther

Another award was the Inspire the House Most Inspirational Young Person. The Highly Commended award went to Harry Crowther, the world’s only known sufferer of the genetic Atypical Progeria Syndrome. Harry is ageing 5 times faster than his peers which often makes it difficult for him to carry out the same tasks as those around him. Despite this, he is positive and cheerful and tries to carry on as normal. He is actively involved in raising money for the Progeria Family Circle – which provides help to the sufferers and their families, and regularly goes into care homes and schools to raise awareness of his illness inspiring many of the people he speaks to.

Stephen SuttonThe winner of the award was 18 year old Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer after having surgery and chemotherapy. Despite being diagnosed with cancer, he worked hard at school and received excellent grades. Stephen spoke with positivity and enthusiasm, and spoke about his motivation, and passion to pass this on to inspire others to make a difference. Stephen has raised over £75,000 for teenage cancer charities, as you will agree a truly, truly inspirational role-model that we can all learn from.

ZoeThe winner of Most Inspirational Young Person was Zoe McCarthy, who was a young carer to her father from the age of 11. Whilst attending Worcestershires Young Carers, Zoe was the main carer for her terminally ill father and was left to arrange hospital appointments, medication and his day-to-day care. She has taken part in many fundraising events such as bag packs, and is involved in educating young carers on a national scale. Zoe is a shining example of a young person who puts others before herself, and who uses her own experiences to support others.

KEEN London won Highly Commended for Most Inspirational Community Group. They are the only charity in London that provides free one-to-one sports for youth with special needs. They allow young people to take part in sports that they may not otherwise have the chance to get involved in because of their disabilities. I think you will agree what a fantastic organisation they are.

AcornThe Award went to The Acorns Children’s Hospices, a team that has set up youth clubs across the West Midlands usually run by a small number of young people and hospice staff that work with 10-18 year olds who often have no aspirations. The youth are encouraged to develop social networks and to share their experience with their peers.


The Kids Count Darren Campbell Positive Sports Award is an award that we present in conjunction with former Olympic athlete Darren Campbell. This year the award went to Sandwell Leisure Trust, a group aimed at getting young girls to volunteer and take part in sports in the deprived area of Sandwell. The ethos of this organisation is that ‘an area shouldn’t define the people – people define the area’. Run by young female volunteers, they try to instill their positive attitude into others by showing that no matter what your background you can achieve whatever you want.


The winner of the Most Inspirational Mentor was Yak Patel, a mentor who shows an incredible amount of commitment, energy and thirst to create opportunities for young people in Lancaster. He works tirelessly to get young people involved in tennis, raising money for the centre through a number of initiatives.

Destiny Dalby crop

Highly Commended in the Most Inspirational Campaign was a young girl called Destiny Dalby. She campaigns to raise awareness of the impact that allergies can have on your life, and works hard to campaign to make school life easier for future generations. Again, another example of a young person thinking not of herself, but of others.


The winner of the Most Inspirational Campaign was Jayden Neville-Moore and Jonathan Monger. They live on an estate in one of the most deprived areas in England, where they are involved in campaigning for educational and leisure activities to keep youth off the streets. They want to show young people in that area that they can make a difference. They work alongside the charity, Fixers, which supports 16-25s across the country to change things for the better. Due to their persistence, they have gained funding for a pilot project in their local area.

The final award of the night was the joint Kids Count and RSA award which was awarded to Queens Crescent Community Association. Unfortunately they were unable to be there to receive the award, so a member of our Youth Board received the award on their behalf.
Without these selfless inspirational individuals and those that nominated them, the evening would not have been possible, so the Youth Board would like to extend a huge thank you to you all. We would also like to thank all the guests that came to the event to not only support our charity, but also to show support and appreciation to the winners of the awards. A big thank you to our two musicians Raphaella and Abi, our MCs for the night, the members of staff at the Houses of Commons, the Youth Board for helping the evening to run smoothly and other members of the Kids Count team.

So in answer to the question, YES the night delivered all that it promised. It was full of inspiration, motivation, enthusiasm, passion and selflessness. It was a fabulous celebration of all the good in society, something that is rarely celebrated in everyday life.

We hope to see you next year!


Fundraiser run- Be a Super Hero for the day!

•April 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Be a Super Hero, have fun and raise money for Charity. Help us raise funds to help more disadvantaged young people across the UK.

Kids Count are looking for volunteers to take part in this fantastic event. With just a small registration fee and raising the suggested minimum sponsorship you could become a Super Hero for the day!

The Super Hero Run is a fantastic event taking place in London’s Regent’s Park on Sunday 19th May 2013 with an arrival time of 09:45am*.

No previous experience is required for the London event and with a bit of training the 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!

Just press the link below to sign up but hurry only 5 places left!

ENAM conference

•April 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In February, the Kids Count team travelled to Parliament for an event organised by the European Network of Alumni Associations (ENAM), in cooperation with the John Adams Society. The day was a chance for the team to spend time in this breath-taking location, whilst having the opportunity to discuss and share our views on issues that were close to our hearts. As well as observing and taking part in the discussions, many of the team were involved in organising parts of the day.

In the afternoon, one of the sessions focused around youth unemployment provided a prestigious platform for one of our members, Kajal, to speak on the panel. The discussion covered the problem of youth unemployment and its causes, with emphasis on how to deal with these issues. Kajal began her speech by talking about her views and those of Kids Count, and was faced with questions from others on the panel and the audience. Despite the tricky questions, Kajal managed to defend her views and opinions, and set a high standard for anyone who speaks on the panel in the future!

To conclude, the day was an amazing opportunity that allowed us to not only share OUR ideas with other organisations, but also allowed us to listen to the ideas of others, to help shape our own opinions. We are extremely grateful that we were given the chance to participate in this event, and that we were able to learn more about the issues that directly affect us, and how these can be tackled in the future.

•March 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Youth team at Awards

Youth team at Inspiration Awards

It’s that time of year again……nominations for our annual Inspiration Awards are now open!!

So, if you know an inspirational young person, or a community group that you think deserves to be acknowledged for the tireless work they do to help others then please please go on to our website and download an application form and enter them for one of our prestigious awards.

In previous years, the Awards have been a fantastic night where members of the community gather together from different walks of life, to celebrate all that is good about young people and our communities. The night is a refreshing reminder that young people really are able to make a difference!

The Awards are held in a magnificent location- in Parliament overlooking the river Thames and are attended by many MP’s and celebrities that have close links to our charity.

Please check out the different categories for nominations on our website and have a think about anyone you know that deserves to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to society.

Keep checking our website for updates on the Awards!

Santa Charity Run

•December 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Youth Board Santas!

Youth Board Santas!

Last Sunday some of the Youth Board, dressed as Santa, took part in the Do It For Charity 5k and 10km run in Greenwich.

We were taking part in the run to try to raise money for the Kids Count Foundation, to continue to fund our on-going work.

All of our runners did a fantastic job, with everyone managing to complete the run. Congratulations to all runners, and a special congratulations go to Jinal who achieved the fastest time out of all of our Santas!

So far we have raised a fantastic amount of money, but still have a little way to go to reach our target!

If you can spare any money then please feel free donate anything you can to our Santas for taking part in the run.



Great team work from the Youth Board! Lets continue to raise as much money as we can!