17 Nov 2011

This month The Children's Society in Kent (formely Thanet Children's Participation Project) that supports disabled children and provides an intergenerational service, is our Featured programme. We spoke to the programme's manager Ann Rayment to find out more about what they do and how they are making difference to children’s lives.

What do you think the biggest challenges are in working with children and young people?

I would say it's building and sustaining positive relationships and self confidence, addressing the feeling of apathy and worthlessness experienced by young people.

What do you feel has been your biggest achievement over the past year?

Our intergenerational service has been very successful in breaking down the generational barriers. We have also given young people the opportunity to make a difference in their community. By trusting young people to be able to make decisions, we've provided them with a route back to confidence and employability.

What impact have you had on the local community?

The young people we support are playing a positive role in their communities, helping to change people’s attitudes and perceptions towards them and creating happier, more cohesive communities.

How many children and young people do you support each year?

Approximately 300 young people.

What are your plans for the coming year?

We would like to secure further funding for our intergenerational service and develop a district wide intergenerational strategy.

What do you think are the most frustrating stereotypes about young people?

The way the media portrays young people negatively and, as a consequence, young people are poorly perceived by adults in general.

Finish this sentence: I couldn't do my job without…

The cooperation and support of partner organisations and the commitment, passion and creative thinking of our team.

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