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Children recover with unrelenting love
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Rhian,8, witnessed her father violently abuse her mother from a young age. She suffers from night terrors having lived in a constant state of fear. She now lives with her mother and several siblings in cramped temporary accommodation and recently disclosed to Kids Company that she sometimes doesn’t get fed at home and "she wishes she was dead".

A trip away with us this summer will give Rhian the chance to make new friends and be looked after by dedicated staff and volunteers, who will give her lots of love and positive attention, encouraging her to try new things and build her confidence. We’ll put her to bed with a bedtime story and a hot chocolate and we’ll have an adult close by to comfort her if she has a nightmare.

To help us give our kids a holiday this summer please donate at http://bitly.com/1HRBSFc and make a difference to a child like Rhian. ‪#‎safesummer‬

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During the school holidays many children and young people are left to fend for themselves, often scared, hungry and at risk of abuse or exploitation. Kids Company's Safe Summer project provides emergency food, shelter and high-risk outreach workers to keep children safe when they have no-one else to turn to. Please help us keep a vulnerable child safe this summer by donating now.

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Vulnerable children desperately need our help. Too many children across the country are suffering squalor, abuse and neglect. Most can't get any help because the system isn't coping. Children can’t vote and they can’t make a fuss so we need to be their voice and use our power to create change.

We need 500 signatures on our petition to make it to our goal of 20,000 by the end of the week! Can you help?

Sign the petition here and share with all your networks, 

#SEETHECHILD

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We wanted to share this story about one young person who, with the help of our special supporters and dedicated staff, has been able recognise the potential in himself and what he can do.

“I worked with a young man who has recently been released from prison and was really struggling with his confidence, who believed he would never get employed due to his past offences. I arranged to take him to a world of work tour at Pimlico Plumbers . They were so impressed by him they offered a two week work experience placement, which after some work on his confidence and reassurance, he accepted and went on to absolutely excel. His new found confidence and fantastic work ethic led them to offering a part time position, something they don't often do.

It's been a life changing experience and you can see it when you speak to him, he's conquered many of his demons and is on a path to big things. He also won an achievement at the Urban Academy for his dedication to gaining vital work experience.” Matt Cunningham, Kids Company, Positive Experiences Team

“You don't understand how much Kids Co. has helped me. This opportunity has been amazing. I came up from that very dark place and back into society because of Kids Co. I'm so happy right now, I've never been happy before so it’s just so good. That's the truth. I can't wait until September for my lessons to start again and get more help so I can carry on being happy." 

www.kidsco.org.uk www.seethechild.org #PositiveExperiences

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'Professionals have become the messengers of budget cuts, rather than the providers of care. When a child or young person cannot access services, it means they are just surviving their childhood rather than thriving and reaching their potential' - from The Guardian

Help us stand up for the 1.5 million children who are neglected in the UK. Text 'I SEE' to 63000 (your standard network rates apply) or visit www.seethechild.org to sign the petition.

#SeetheChild

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Please share this short film with as many people as possible. Together we can make a difference. 

Together we can See the Child. Change the System. #SEETHECHILD or Text I SEE to 63000 (standard network rates apply).

www.seethechild.org

We have had some very sad news that Tony Wilkinson, a much loved staff member, has died trying to save his son from drowning on holiday. Our thoughts are with his family and the children he worked alongside. Below is a simple statement from his family:

Tony Wilkinson and his partner Decca Aitkenhead were on holiday in a village on the south coast of Jamaica with their two sons, aged three and four. At 8.30 yesterday morning one of their sons was paddling in the waves and got pulled out to sea. Tony swam out and rescued him; Decca swam out and brought their son to shore but the current was too strong for Tony to swim back, and despite the efforts of local fishermen who swam out to help, he drowned before they could get him back to shore.

Tony Wilkinson, 49, was a youth worker for Kids Company. Decca Aitkenhead writes for the Guardian. The family lived in Kent.

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You are all superhero's to us, but we would like to make a special mention to all our lovely supporters who will be taking part in DoitForCharity Superhero Funrun, this Sunday in Regents Park, London! 

Between them they have raised thousands in sponsorship, helping us to continue to support vulnerable children & young people.

#Superhero #Doitforcharity #funrun  
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We are delighted to launch our latest childrenswear collection at John Lewis, to celebrate its 150th anniversary! Designed by our children for children - this capsule collection focuses on the future! 

Using exclusive prints from the John Lewis archives - the range features robots, the environment and lovely messages for the future generation. It is available now in 10 stores nationwide and online, and you can feel good while you shop knowing that 10% of the selling price of every item will come straight to Kids Company. 

"I was really pleased they asked me to help them design their clothes. I think it's good for children to help design clothes because we know how to make them really cool." - a Kids Company kid

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'Making money out of tragic children is the extreme end of the outsourcing culture' - #PollyToynbeee   #TheGuardian  
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