Nick Haigh, Bristol’s Volunteer Coordinator for the charity Kid’s Company, presented an assembly on Thursday 8th January to Clifton College’s Year 7s.
Camila Batmanghelidjh founded Kids Company in 1996, initially opening a drop-in centre in London for young people with nowhere to go during the day. The charity now reaches 36,000 vulnerable children across London, Bristol and Liverpool, caring for them through an array of programmes and initiatives.
Nick’s talk focussed on the Colour a Child’s Life project. Volunteers help to transform the homes of some of our most disadvantaged families, who often live without basic necessities, such as clean bedding, crockery and simple furniture.
A group of volunteers, Nick explained, undertake a DIY SOS-style make over. The results are direct and immediate, giving children a clean, bright, positive place to live. The family is then helped with appropriate maintenance.
To realise his vision, Nick needs volunteers, he told the Year 7s. ‘Not all of you, obviously! That would be too many. But if you or your families can’t commit the time, we also need furniture, toys and so on.’
Clifton College Preparatory School plans to continue work with Kids Company, headmaster John Milne explained. ‘You have a responsibility to help others less fortunate than you’, he told the children. ‘Part of your education here is to make you feel compelled to want to help your community. And these people are your community, right here in Bristol’.
Pictures shows Nick Haigh, Kids Company's Bristol Volunteer Coordinator.
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