Incredibly Social? Apply to be our Marketing and Communications Officer

Marketing and communications Officer jobMarketing & Communications Officer – Part Time
  • Do you like telling a story through social media?
  • Do you like being methodically creative and engaging with people?
  • Are you looking for a role that makes a difference to families who have a disabled child?

If you know the impact of sharing a smile or creating one then this could be the role for you.

 About the Marketing and Communications Officer role

 Our mission is to help disabled children and their families make friends and have fun giving them hope for the future.

 Incredible Kids is looking for someone who loves nothing more than finding ways to communicate what we do in fun, engaging and supportive way to our families and stakeholders. You’ll have a nose for a good story, an understanding of the issues our families experience and a way with words that makes people want to listen.

 As Marketing and Communications Officer you will have strategies in place to ensure that our communication with all of our stakeholders is produced consistently, sensitively and regularly whilst working flexibly. With a focus on social media and our newsletter, you’ll also add value through blog posts, website content and demonstrating our impact as time allows.

 You’ll be proficient in Canva or other digital content creation software. And you’ll be able to find ways to create unique content that engages new and existing supporters. You’ll know how to respond to our stakeholders with grace and wisdom. You’ll be good at keeping in touch with service management so that you know what’s happening on the ground, whether by visiting our service or electronic communication. You’ll know your Twitter post from your Linkedin Post and how to adapt your style accordingly. You’ll be good at saying thank you to those who contribute to us and know the value of doing so.

 You will be fully supported by our trustee Board – we have two trustees experienced in communication and marketing who will be on hand to support you in your role. This is a brand new role so you’ll be working with our trustees who currently manage our social media to ensure a smooth transition. We use Trello online team management system to coordinate our work through our teams who all work flexibly. You’ll have access to social media scheduling and content generation tools to plan your work.

 The Charity:

 Incredible Kids is an award winning Christian Charity that runs inclusive play and support sessions for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. All trustees of the charity are Christian.

 The charity also supports siblings and parent carers. Operating since June 2012 the charity was set up by parents to provide mutually beneficial support to each other, allowing their children and young people to play. Join us to help disabled children and their families smile! The charity aims to reduce social isolation for families with children or young people with special needs, increase their wellbeing and improve confidence and social skills by providing meaningful play activities, mutually beneficial support and increasing knowledge and skills.

 During 2020 we kept our service operating and kept our public facing frontline service open to our families. We quickly adapted our previously indoor service to be outdoors. None of us know what the future holds but we know that Incredible Kids has a determination to support its families in real, practical ways whenever possible and is able to quickly adapt to take on any new challenge.

JOB PURPOSE

 Working directly for the trustees this part time role of Marketing and Communications Officer makes a huge difference to how we engage with new and existing families and stakeholders. You will be supporting a small, innovative and fast growing charity which supports families with disabled children.

 Apply by Midday Monday 16th May 2022. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 22nd May 2022. To apply send your CV and covering letter to contact@incrediblekids.org.uk

 Job Description

 Job Title: Marketing and Communications Officer

 Responsible to: Board of Trustees

 Hours: 10 hours per week

 Salary: £6240 per annum for 10 hours per week. This equates to a full-time equivalent salary of £23,400.

 The 10 hours can be worked flexibly throughout the week.

 All of our staff and volunteers receive free access to Health Assured wellbeing services to support mental health and wellbeing 24 hours a day.

 Location: Home based role with the ability to attend meetings in Bristol with trustees and management. The ability to work independently and flexibly is central to the potential success of the role.

 Pension: Nest Pension Scheme

 SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work across the charity to plan, create and deliver quality and impactful communications to different audiences
  • Create, build and manage the organisation’s social media blueprint through new and existing channels to connect with our families and increase brand recognition.
  • Writing with flair and clarity for different audiences, ensuring articles are engaging, accurate and understandable and meet the charity tone of voice and brand.
  • Providing an eye for detail and bringing a strong knowledge of charity and communications good practice.
  • Update and write copy for the charity website, flyers, information brochures etc
  • Respond to enquiries received through our social media.
  • Track, measure and analyse all initiatives to report on social media and communication impact and report progress to the charity.
  • Work with due regard for the charity’s policies including safeguarding, health and safety and equal opportunities.
  • An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Essential

Proven track record in creating, using and editing content in different channels

Practical experience in a marketing role

Experience working with graphics

Excellent written communication skills, a passion for great communications and the difference this can make to Incredible Kids.

Desirable

Lived experience of the issues faced by our members.

Knowledge and experience of the charity sector

Personal Attributes

Passionate about the cause and driven to support a growing charity that makes a difference to hundreds of people every day.

Passionate about Social Media and you’d love to use it in a way to change lives

Methodically proactive, creative and able to take own initiative

Ability to accept and give feedback gracefully.

Adept in managing a busy workload whilst maintaining ability to prioritise conflicting deadlines.

Happy to work flexibly across the team and to contribute to wider team demands as they arise.

Able to communicate with empathy, warmth and understanding with our members, supporters and the public and to tell their stories in a professional and engaging manner. Practical and hands on approach to solving problems and getting things done

Sitting SATs – An Incredible Survival Guide

If you’ve got an Indredible Year 2 or Year 6 Kid, then they are probably about to sit SATs. Don’t panic, we are here with an Incredible SATs Survival Guide!

What are SATs?

Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) take place in year 2 and year 6 to measure students’ achievement. However, they aren’t about individual children, but rather a mechanism to hold schools to account and uncover any weaknesses to improve the education offering for the next year.

Year 2 SATs focus on maths and reading and are relatively informal. They will take place sometime in May, and your own school will set the timetable.

Year 6 SATs are more formal. There are tests in Maths, English grammar and reading. Each paper is 45 minutes long and the tests will take place daily nationwide from Monday 9th May in 2022. All Year 6 students will sit SATs in mainstream school. In specialist schools, children may not sit the exams but will still be graded according to the work they have produced over the year.

Scores are given between 80 to 120, with a score of 100 being the average or ‘achieving expectations’. Parents will receive the results in July. In previous years the results have been published as part of the accountability framework for schools, but as this is the first year since 2019 SATs will be taken due to the pandemic, the results will not be published this year.

A mark less than 100 does not mean your child has ‘failed’. It is interpreted as a weakness in the schools teaching. For our children, who may be very bright but struggle with exams, or who may have academic learning disabilities but stand out in other areas like music, these results may not reflect their true potential. Don’t get hung up on them.

Know what support you are entitled to

The government has set out clear guidance as to what adaptations and supports can be put in place for disabled students sitting SATs. You can find the full guide here.

Reasonable adjustments you can expect include:

  • early opening of test packs to adapt test papers
  • additional time to complete the tests
  • the use of scribes, word processors, or other technical or electronic aids
  • readers
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • the use of accessibility objects in the mathematics test

The types of support your child will need are very individual. If you haven’t already discussed it with your school request an urgent meeting with your SENCO to make sure reasonable adjustments are in place.

Understand the effect on your children

Remember, these tests aren’t really about your children, but are designed to hold schools to account for the quality of their teaching. The tests have been widely criticised since they were introduced in 1991. One study from 2017 claimed the number of students experiencing the negative effects of stress and anxiety had tripled over the previous two years.

  • Explain to your child, if you think they will understand, that the SATs are exams to help the government understand how well the school is teaching. This helps take the feeling of pressure off them.
  • Encourage your child not to worry about them. Children perform better when they are more relaxed.
  • Your child will have been doing test papers in school to practice. At home, you can support them by playing games and reading books but don’t make it ‘revision’, just make it fun family time.
  • Keep your usual routine. It is okay for your child to go to clubs, to a friend or family member, or to enjoy their usual activities. Routine is usually reassuring.
  • Try and get some extra fresh air. If you can walk to and from school this is helpful. At home, perhaps have a snack in the garden or spend time at the local park. Outside time is soothing.
  • Remove as many demands from your child’s day as you can.
  • When you get the results, don’t feel you have to share them with your child. If they have done very well and you think it will boost their confidence go-ahead, otherwise perhaps don’t mention it.

Understand the effect on parents/carers

It is understandable that you will feel stressed out by SATs. You may not agree with testing children so young. You may be worried about the increased pressure this puts on your child. You may be concerned the experience will affect their self-esteem.

  • You must try to relax. If you are tense your children will pick up on it.
  • Don’t fill up your evenings with chores, spend quality time with your children after school.
  • Resist the urge to ask them about the exams – check-in discreetly with a teacher instead.
  • Get early nights with your children as this will help with your own stress levels as well.
  • Find yourself a SATs buddy – another parent who you can talk to about your concerns and share the load together.

Remember, these tests do not impact your child’s school, the support they will get going forward, their EHCP, or any other aspect of their future school career.

If it all turns to custard …

The week will probably pass uneventfully, but here are some places you can get additional support if you need it:

If you are concerned about your children’s mental health and are not currently under CAMHS you can get advice from the NSPCC.

If you live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, or North Somerset and have a child aged 11 or over, you can speak to OTR about mental health support or access their drop-in centre for young people.

If your child is really struggling with the SATs and it is severely, negatively affecting their mental health, speak to the school SENCO about pausing their involvement. You can also speak to your GP who may be able to sign them off school.

If you want to find out more about the campaign to scrap SATs and rethink all formal testing in schools,  visit More Than A Score.

 

Calling all number crunchers

Picture of child putting money in piggy bank

Numbers. You either love them or you hate them. If you love them and have many of the skills listed below then we want to hear from you. To apply send a CV and covering letter to contact@incrediblekids.org.uk

Finance Assistant – Part Time

  • Do you love making sense of the numbers?
  • Do you like to keep a tight rein on a budget and income?
  • Are you passionate about helping non-finance people understand financial information?

 

If you enjoy getting the numbers right so that we can support more children then this job would be perfect for you!

 

About the role

 

Our mission is to help disabled children and their families make friends and have fun giving them hope for the future.

 

As the Finance Administrator, you will find joy in numbers, spreadsheets, data and reconciliations. You’ll have an eye for detail and love for people. You’ll apply your skills in financial administration to making the lives of the people you work with easier.

 

You will be fully supported by our trustee Board – we have two qualified accountants and a financial advisor as trustees who can offer advice when required.

 

You’ll be good with systems and accounting packages and you have the ability to deliver clear and concise documentation, correspondence and reports. You are proficient in Quickbooks, Xero, Sage or similar accounting software, inputting financial information with accuracy and speed, and using its reporting functions to help our trustees understand the real impact of the numbers.

In conjunction with our fundraiser, you’ll be good at keeping in touch with service management so that you know what’s happening on the ground and translating this into budget information and financial information for funding applications. We use Trello online team management system to coordinate our work through our teams who all work flexibly.

 

Working closely with our trustees and service management you will be able to review data, ask the right questions, record transactions accurately, and advise your team members on the details in the numbers to ensure good stewardship of the resources given to us.

 

The Charity:

 

Incredible Kids is an award winning Christian Charity that runs inclusive play and support sessions for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. All trustees of the charity are Christian.

 

The charity also supports siblings and parent carers. Operating since June 2012 the charity was set up by parents to provide mutually beneficial support to each other, allowing their children and young people to play. Join us to help disabled children and their families smile! The charity aims to reduce social isolation for families with children or young people with special needs, increase their wellbeing and improve confidence and social skills by providing meaningful play activities, mutually beneficial support and increasing knowledge and skills.

 

During 2020 we kept our service operating and when we were able kept our public facing frontline service open to our families. We quickly adapted our previously indoor service to be outdoors. None of us know what the future holds but we know that Incredible Kids has a determination to support its families in real, practical ways whenever possible and is able to quickly adapt to take on any new challenge.

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

Working directly for the trustees this part time role of finance assistant is essential to the smooth running of the charity. You will be supporting a small, innovative and fast growing charity which supports families with disabled children. If you have an eye for numbers and detail then this may be the job for you.

 

Apply by Midday 11th Wednesday May 2022. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 22nd May 2022.

 

 

Job Description

 

Job Title: Finance Assistant

 

Responsible to: Board of Trustees

 

Responsible for: Assisting with the Financial Management of Incredible Kids Charity

 

Hours: 7.5 hours per week

 

Salary: £4680 per annum for 7.5 hours per week. This equates to a full-time equivalent salary of £23,400.

 

The 7.5 hours can be worked flexibly throughout the week.

 

Location: Home based role with the ability to attend meetings in Bristol with trustees and management. The ability to work independently and flexibly is central to the potential success of the role.

 

Pension: Nest Pension Scheme

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Financial Accounts

 

Assisting with purchase ledger, to include matching, checking and coding invoices

Undertake Bank Reconciliations.

Payment of invoices and authorising of transactions.

Processing staff expenses and managing our petty cash

Assisting with ad hoc accounting tasks

Coordinate payroll, PAYE and pension payments.

 

Management Accounts

Contribute to budget development in consultation with staff and trustees and monitor budgets for management and fundraising.

Monitoring grants received and translating that funding into practical information to inform service budgets.

Assisting with funding applications and quantifying project costs.

Identifying areas of expenditure which require funding.

Send monthly financial and management accounting reports to management to include simple commentary of financial information using our reporting template.

 

The charity requires all employees to work with due regard for the charity’s policies including safeguarding, health and safety and equal opportunities.

 

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

 

1.  SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

 

Essential

Highly computer literate to include Outlook, Word, Excel.

Good understanding of accounting packages such as QuickBooks, or Sage.

Good verbal & written communication skills and the ability to engage with others at all levels.

Good numeracy and accuracy skills, ability to follow banking procedures.

 

Desirable

AAT, MAAT or another finance or accountancy qualification

 

Personal Attributes

Self-motivated and able to work independently for the majority of your time.

You will be organised and efficient, with excellent attention to detail and accuracy.

You’ll be able to use your initiative in appropriate situations.

You’ll be able to manage a varied workload, balancing scheduled tasks with requests for assistance from the team, which may have short deadlines.

Incredible crafts for all

We love crafts at Incredible Kids and we focus on offering craft stations with high sensory value that help build motor skills and – most importantly – confidence! Here are three great craft ideas for kids who struggle with fine motor skills. They’re fun, accessible, and will help your child build that ‘can-do’ attitude.

Marble painting

 

If you grew up in the 1980s, you will remember marble painting! This is a great activity for children who might need a little extra adult support and there are two great ways to do it.

 

 

 

Key development areas:

  • Gross motor control
  • Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

What you need:

Option 1: You need nail polish, water, a small plastic container, a cocktail stick, thick card.

Option 2: You need poster paints, marbles, a large tea tray or similar, thick card and some small tumblers.

 

Method:

Option 1: Pour the water into the plastic container right up to the lip. Take the top off your nail polish and pour a few drops of each colour you want to use into the water. Quickly, before it dries, use the cocktail stick to swirl the colours around a bit. Lay your card across the front of the water for about 3 to 5 seconds. Lift it up and see the swirly nail varnish pattern – called marbling. Leave it somewhere safe to dry.

Option 2: Perfect if your child needs a little more support, or you want to work on gross motor control. Lay your card flat on a tray. Put a squirt of each colour of paint into a separate tumbler – you don’t need much. Drop a marble into each and swirl it around in the cup so it is covered in paint. Drop the marbles onto the card in the tray. Holding each side of the tray, gently rock it from side to side so the marbles roll around, creating paint trails. You can support your young person with the tray rocking by placing your hands on the underside.  Leave your painting to dry.

Both methods are guaranteed to create a beautiful artwork your young person can be proud of.

 

Sparkle-dough

 

This sparkly homemade molding dough is fun to make and use!

 

 

 

 

Key development areas:

  • Maths
  • Motor control
  • Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

Recipe:

8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp salt

60ml warm water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Food colouring

Glitter

 

Method:

Put the glitter to one side until the end. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spoon. When the mixture becomes tacky, fold in the glitter and use your hands to bring it together into playdough.

Use this sparkly dough to make shapes, pretend to cook, stretch and bend – get those fingers working!

 

Spray-paint

 

 

Is your young person the next Banksy? Here is a great way to find out! This craft is a fun way to practice precision motor skills and create a great canvas without the pressure of using a paintbrush. It’s also great if your young person doesn’t like to get messy as they can keep their distance from the paints!

 

 

 

Key Development areas:

  • Fine motor control
  • Visual Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

What you need:

Two or three old spray bottles washed out, and/or squirty bottles like mustard bottles or washing up liquid bottles.

 

Method:

Mix up some water with food colouring, a different colour for each bottle. Alternatively, if you have an area you can easily clean, use water-based craft paints.

Layout a canvas, piece of cardboard, thick paper, or old wallpaper, and let your young person spray paint them with the bottle to create a beautiful piece of art.

Have fun and share your arts and crafts with us on Facebook!

Incredible Kids – Adventure for Everyone

By Jai Breitnauer, Incredible Fundraiser

Every Good Boy Deserves Football – who else remembers that from recorder lessons at school? It was a memory rhyme, a way to remind yourself of the order of the notes on the bar. But I used to think, what if the boy can’t play football?

 

Now, 30-odd-years later, I have a good boy who can’t play football. It’s not that he doesn’t want to play. He struggles with anxiety that prevents him from joining in. He has a stutter which means he cannot communicate clearly and quickly. And he has dyspraxia with a processing delay, which means that kicking the ball is hard work. But he still plays football, because he has a great bunch of friends and an empathetic teacher who have set the game up to make his life easier. For example, they have invented the ‘elbow rule’ – if the ball happens to be flying toward you, and you internally panic, and you put your arms up across your face to protect yourself from impact and the ball bounces off your elbow and goes into the goal, well, that counts. That happened one day, resulting in my good boy scoring the winning goal and the pitch went wild. Everyone celebrated, even though that wouldn’t fly with the FA.

At Incredible Kids, we believe there is no reason why everyone can’t just join in. If something is hard for our young people, we make it easier. If the rules of the game need to be adjusted, that’s fine. If we need to adapt play to be louder, quieter, more or less sensory, then we do it. We are truly accessible – everyone can join in with our adventure if they want to, or we will support them to have their own.

If you have been thinking of coming along, but you’re worried your child won’t fit in, don’t panic. That is an understandable response to have when you live in a world that often can’t or won’t adapt to your young person’s needs. Feel free to send us a message, we are happy to talk through your concerns. Or just come along and give us a try. We have over 150 children attend our sessions each week bringing with them a range of physical, learning, and social and emotional needs and it is our job to meet those needs.

Our parents and carers have described Incredible Kids as their ‘safe place’, a space where their young person can ‘be themselves’, a ‘place where we can all relax.’ Incredible Kids is here as much for the adults as the young people. We are here to create a community and connect like-minded families. In the words of Maui from one of our favourite films, Moana, you’re welcome!

Interview with an Incredible Kids Playworker

Q: Tell us what you do for Incredible Kids?

A: My name is James and I am one of our incredible playworkers!

 

 

Q: How did you get involved with Incredible Kids?

A: My sister is disabled and she inspired me to seek out work experience in special schools. I wanted a part-time job while at University and found Incredible Kids through the student union job site. I liked the idea of providing a safe space for families to spend their time together.

Q: What’s your favourite thing about Incredible Kids?

A: I love playing with the children, who are all amazing. Working with the charity is the most enjoyable and fulfilling job I’ve had.

 

Q: Tell us about an Incredible time you had with Incredible Kids?

A: Seeing children come out of their shell and getting involved is probably the most incredible thing to see. I can remember playing a game of football where all of the children engaged with each other and the playworkers.

Q: Last question; Can you tell us a joke?
A: How do snails clean their shells? Snail-varnish!

James is one of the playworkers you might see at an Incredible Kids session. Make sure you say hello and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

The power of a small gift

Micro fundraising and collective giving are important ways to support charities like Incredible Kids

 

These days, giving some loose change to a good cause is pretty common. Whether it is a charity box by the shop till, or a local child with a sponsorship sheet, most people give a few pounds here and there through the month. On average, British people donate £27 a month to good causes.

Charitable giving wasn’t always this way though. Back before the reformation in the 16th Century charitable giving and care was provided almost exclusively by the church. Social aid for the needy was mixed in with medical care, and monasteries acted as hospitals as well as places the very young and the very old could go for food and shelter if they had no one else.

After Henry VIII shut the monasteries down, charitable giving had to be taken on by others. The modern tradition of Christian philanthropy was born with the very wealthy and pious building alms houses and hospitals for people who would otherwise have no shelter or care. The association with wealth and charitable giving persisted well into the 19th Century. People felt embarrassed about giving small amounts; giving had to be big and bold and glorious. Although giving was no longer just the domain of the super-rich, a charitable gift would have been one off and substantial and many people chose charities to support for life.

When President Franklin Roosevelt was elected US President in 1933, this changed. Roosevelt had suffered from polio just a few years before and had to learn how to walk again after experiencing debilitating paralysis. In 1938, during his second term as President, Roosevelt founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to combat polio. Stage and screen star Eddie Cantor encouraged people to give small amounts of money to raise funds for the organisation in the lead-up to Roosevelt’s birthday. He said, ‘nearly everyone can send in a dime’ and noted that everyone, even the children, would be able to show their support in this way.

Over the next month, thousands of people sent postcards to the White House with dimes stuck to them. The letters swamped the post room raising $268,000 in total. This strategy, encouraging people to give small and manageable amounts regularly, continued to be used by this organisation which became known as March of Dimes in the 1970s. Since then, other charities have taken on this strategy.

The great thing about small gifts, or micro giving as we call it today, is that pretty much anyone can do it. A dime is equivalent to £1.50 today. This is a manageable amount for most and it soon adds up.

People often don’t give to charity because they can’t give a big amount. When donating people want to be able to hand over £10 or £20, or even more. But the March of Dimes proved how powerful micro giving can be. A lot of people giving a small amount is just as good as a few people making a one off larger donation.

Would you like to be an Incredible Micro giver? We have set up a special micro giving page where you can regularly donate small amounts. Remember the golden rules of charitable giving – make sure you and your family have everything you need and if there is any leftover, think about how much you can afford to give. Never get into debt to donate.

Stay Incredible!

 

 

Meet our Incredible Team!

This week we talk to Incredible Elle, our Service Manager

Q: Tell us what you do for Incredible Kids?

A: My name is Elle and I am the Service Manager at Incredible Kids. I make sure that our families have a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment when they visit. I also get to plan all the fun activities!

Q: How did you get involved with IK?

A: Before working at IK I was a children’s nursery manager. I enjoyed this but wanted to work specifically with children who have disabilities and additional needs. When I saw the Service Manager job advertised I felt like I couldn’t not apply for it! It looked like the perfect job for me as it was fun and was working with children and their families.

Q: What’s your favourite thing about Incredible Kids?

A: I have always loved working with children and their families, supporting them and creating inviting environments for them to explore based on their needs and interests. I really love the ethos of Incredible Kids and what they set out to achieve. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. But my absolute favourite thing is hearing the feedback from our families and what impact we have had on their lives. I often get told by various parents that we provide a safe space for them where there is no judgement. I love that we are stopping our families from feeling isolated!

Q: Tell us about an Incredible time you had with Incredible Kids?

A: One of the incredible times I have had was with a child who was too nervous to walk through the door when they arrived for the first time. We listened to what they needed, made some adjustments to minimise their anxieties and they finally felt ready to go inside after they observed everyone and settled into the environment.

Q: Last question; Can you tell us a joke?
A: What do you call a dinosaur that’s sleeping? A Dino-snore!

Elle is at every Incredible Kids session. Make sure you say hello and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

Could you #BeIncredible for Incredible Kids?

This March, Incredible Kids launch their #BeIncredible campaign to celebrate 10 years serving greater Bristol

 

Kids being incredible

In the summer of 2012 a group of parents came together with a plan – to create a safe space where families with disabled children could relax, play and connect. Incredible Kids was born and is 10 years old this June. To celebrate we are launching an unprecedented fundraising drive – we want to raise £10,000 this year to support the great work we do – and we are asking the people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire to help.

Are you a little bit incredible?

All of the 600 families who belong to Incredible Kids amaze us regularly. They might not be championship swimmers, have done a solo skydive, or got their degree aged 14 – but they face unique challenges that they overcome every day in their own incredible way. So we are asking you to be incredible in your own way to raise money for Incredible Kids.

Perhaps your incredible is to walk to the shops instead of driving? Or to read or listen to a book series? Or to sit in a bath of baked beans? We aren’t asking you to run a marathon – although, if that is your version of incredible, then we totally support that. We are just asking you to pick something you wouldn’t normally do, that you fancy giving a try, and ask your friends and family to sponsor you for it.

Some of our incredible challenges

Some of our staff and their kids have already signed up to #BeIncredible, and they’re each hoping to raise £100 toward the campaign. Here’s what they’re up to:

  • Incredible Kid Isaac, 13, is going to swim a kilometre to #BeIncredible
  • Incredible Kid Lydia, 6, is going to read 10 books to #BeIncredible
  • Our Incredible Fundraiser Jai is going to paddleboard the Wye River
  • Incredible supporter Noah is going to run a cupcake sale at work

It is up to you to choose your own incredible – all we ask is that it is also achievable. If this is the push you need to fulfil that dream of kayaking the British coastline, then awesome. If in reality, that is too big a bite of the pie, then why not kayak Bristol harbour instead? You get to decide what is incredible for you, because we know how incredible even the small things are.

I’m ready to be incredible!

That’s great news! Here are your next steps:

  • Register your interest by emailing fundraising@incrediblekids.org.uk
  • We will send you a fundraising pack and support you to set your goal
  • Tell your friends online or in-person – don’t forget to use the #BeIncredible hashtag on social media
  • Set a date for your Incredible feat and use an online or paper pledge form to collect donations (see fundraising pack)
  • Take pictures of you being incredible! Share them with us and your sponsors
  • Collect your donations and submit them via the online portal – details in the fundraising pack.

This campaign will run until 1st December 2022 and we are aiming to raise £10,000. If just 100 people raise £100, then we have hit our Incredible target, so that is the suggested fundraising amount. If you don’t hit £100 though, don’t panic. Just like being incredible doesn’t have to be huge, your fundraising also doesn’t have to be huge to help us out!

Want to be an Incredible Team? Sometimes Incredible happens when more than one person is involved. Simply choose a lead member to register and follow the steps above. We’d love to see some teams #BeIncredible for Incredible Kids!

What will my funds pay for?

Each week we offer supported play services to almost 200 disabled children, and advice and community to their parents and carers. Incredible Kids is a place of action, of acceptance, of care and friendship. It is a place where disabled children and their families can belong, be supported, and won’t be judged.

We are looking to expand our service from 2023, and the funds from this campaign will help finance that expansion. From new equipment to an increased number of sessions, to more staff, this money is the foundation stone for the next decade of Incredible Kids – and it is important to us you are a part of it.

Thanks for reading – we can’t wait to see you #BeIncredible, but of course, we already know you are incredible!

We immediately found a home from home at Incredible Kids

Finding disability support for children and parents is not easy. We talked to a parent at Incredible Kids to find out how she and her son have found support for their family.

We immediately knew we had found a home from home.

Jo and her son E started coming to Incredible Kids after a friend originally recommended Incredible Kids. Jo told us: “We immediately knew we had found a home from home. We left already feeling excited at attending our next session. We both felt welcomed by the staff. They greeted us with warm smiles and made us feel instantly included and a valued part of Incredible Kids.

Child playing with a playworker

I had that instant feeling of belonging to a lovely supportive and understanding community.

My son was free to explore his new surroundings and took great interest in the varied activities available before settlingChild playing on swing at a firm favourite. I could see he felt relaxed as he chatted to staff who joined him as he played. Watching my son smile and interact with other children was reassuring that he felt comfortable being himself. I chatted to the supervisor who was able to signpost me for further support services if I felt these could be useful. I had that instant feeling of belonging to a lovely supportive and understanding community who I could meet both face to face and online too.

 

He has been able to learn more about himself as an individual.

My son enjoys the varied indoor and outdoor activities available at Incredible Kids and has been able to try newChild chatting to playworker experiences too which have helped boost his self-esteem and self-confidence. He has been able to learn more about himself as an individual and recognise his strengths whilst also enabling him to become more confident in asking for help from others. Some of his favourite activities are very much sensory-based; he especially loves the sand, hands-on messy activities and anything physical.

Child playing wih crafts at Incredible KIds

The death slide, scooter track and the large scale climbing frame are firm favourites along with roller skating, football with peers and staff and playing hide and seek amongst the vast outdoor play area. He enjoys using the large chalkboard and the small world imaginative playsets too. The large outdoor space lends itself well for providing smaller, enclosed spaces for children to retreat to for some downtime along with rooms inside to relax and be in a quieter environment if that’s needed.

Whilst I watch him play he always has a smile on his face.

Whilst I watch him play he always has a smile on his face, he is clearly very happy and enjoying himself and he loves the social interaction from both peers and staff. He is now more confident talking to others and making new friendships and asks whether those children will be at the next session he’ll attend.

Disabled Child on Slide

 

Whilst the children’s needs all vary there is that common ground to start from and that real sense of support from one another as we share our experiences and journeys so far. The staff are able to signpost to other organisations who may be able to offer support. Having access to this wealth of knowledge helps make me feel a better parent for my son as I know where else I can turn to for support.

 

 

“Incredible Kids has a special place in my heart and I often attend the sessions when I don’t have my son too as I always feel so welcome every time I go.”

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