We’ve had an Incredible week! Earlier this year we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and in recognition of our achievement two members of the Incredible Kids team were invited to attend the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in celebration of the King’s Coronation.
We sent two of our brilliant trustees to wave the Incredible flag and proudly represent our service.
“It was a real honour to attend,” says Laura Butler, who specialises software engineering. Dominic Fletcher is a Senior Financial Advisor. For the past 2 years, both trustees have volunteered their time and expertise to help progress our service and achieve our aim of providing inclusive play and support to Bristol’s young people with additional needs and their families.
Back in January we were honoured to welcome HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding and Lee Williams DL to present us with our award for voluntary services. We celebrated with a silent disco and shared a magnificent donated cake from Free Cakes For Kids Bristol. We were delighted to be reunited with past Incredible Kids volunteers who joined us to receive the award.
Incredible Kids was created by parents in Bristol when they lost access to a local disability centre. Incredible Kids Founder and mum of 5, Jennie Prewett, decided to encourage families to gather in a local church instead. Soon enough, families brought toys, baked cakes and created a safe, supportive space for their families and disabled young people to connect and have fun. 10 years and a global pandemic later, we’re at Buckingham Palace!
Incredible Kids was created by volunteers and is still led by volunteers. From welcoming families, capturing wonderful moments with a camera, to baking cakes – our volunteers are doing it with a smile. We recently ran a survey to find out how we helped families throughout 2022 and the below stats gave us the warm fuzzies!
- 100% of families told us their children had tried new things at Incredible Kids
- 96% of families felt less isolated as a result of Incredible Kids
- 91% of families said their child felt more confident because of Incredible Kids
- 96% of families said their children were happier because of Incredible Kids
- 73% of families said Incredible Kids helped them access other support
- 98% of families would recommend Incredible Kids
Margreth’s Incredible Kids volunteering experience:
“Volunteering was a starting point in developing knowledge and understanding with regards to children with special needs in after school and weekend play group sessions,” says Margreth. “The environment was ideal because parents, carers, support workers and other volunteers where present. The volunteers at Incredible Kids are sincerely welcoming with open arms –there is a strong sense that you belong to a special community, a caring community.
“Through volunteering for Incredible Kids, I have had the chance to meet like-minded people,” says Margreth. “Somehow you cannot fail to make friends around such dedicated people. My time spent at Incredible Kids gave me confidence. Incredible Kids are a wonderful charity letting volunteers explore how they can make use of the time and help to make a difference.”
Interested in being an Incredible Volunteer?
We always have the current voluntary positions open:
- Administration volunteer
- Social media volunteer
- Blog writer
- Finance assistant
Simply complete our Incredible Kids volunteer application form and we’ll be in touch.
If you have given your time to Incredible Kids over the last decade – THANK YOU! The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is your award.