Serving a deprived and diverse population, for many KYC is home. With a philosophy that each young person should belong to and have a positive role within their community, they focus on welfare and providing positive experiences and opportunities that build self-confidence and self-esteem. This includes sports, table tennis, cooking, creative arts, residential trips, employment support, training and work experience, all with the aim that these young people will stay safe, make good decisions and be ready for adulthood and independence. “We endeavour to provide a whole community approach. This means listening and sharing with parents, carers, families, neighbours, shop owners and local services and faith groups”.

what is ft’work doing?

ft’work identified KYC as a very successful youth project that has grown out of its community and adapted in response to local need. It owns it building, on land leased from the Council and has the potential to use it more intensively both to provide a broader range of services and to create an income stream to help fund them. ftwork’s role has been to:

  • help KYC to access funds
  •  support them in carrying out continuous evaluation so that they can measure their success and be a role model for community projects elsewhere
  •  and advise on the potential use of their building, either through remodelling, or with a new purpose-built centre

“KYC remains relevant today in a world dominated by social injustice, in particular to support children and young people who are often at the margins of neglect in today's inner city environment.”

Martin Long, Trustee

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