Posted: 19 April 2016

Meet the Pot of Gold winners recognised this year

Every year children supported by our services get the opportunity to access funds to spend on a project of their choosing. This Pot of Gold money is distributed to groups who have applied by Team Gold, pictured above, a peer group of young people who decide where the money will be best spent.

Success stories from the past year were shared and celebrated at our Over the Rainbow event held last month.  

Here are the recipients of Pot of Gold money.

Your stories, our stories, The Children’s Society in Oxford

The Your stories, our stories group in front of the houses of parliament

'We went to London to see the play of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – a book we have been reading as a group. We also published a booklet of our own stories to tell people about our experiences of moving to the UK. We read these out during Refugee Week in the hope that people can understand our experiences a bit better.'

Stay and play, Axe Valley Children's Centre

a maze painted in a playground

Pot of Gold part-funded the cost of having colourful new floor designs put in the play area. This was because the outside play area was very dull and grey and did not encourage children to talk or have fun. It needed brightening up so children had the opportunity to play with other children and make choices together.

Beatz of Happiness, The Children's Society in Leeds

members of Beatz of Happiness

'With our funding we held an event to celebrate diversity in our community and raise awareness of anti-social behaviour and discrimination. It’s a growing concern in our city and we felt that young people were more likely to listen to other young people. Nearly 200 people from the community attended this event and took part in workshops by the police, a domestic violence organisation and a hate crime awareness organisation.'

Creative project, The Children's Society in Cheshire

members of the Creative Project and part of their animation

'We wanted to create an animation to explain to other young people about how to access an advocate and independent visitor (IV). We drew images of the perfect advocate and IV to represent what we wanted. We wanted the images to move and morph into something else.'

Teenage thinkers, The Children's Society in Manchester

members of Teenage Thinkers

'Our idea was to create a video made by young people, for young people, to explain The Children’s Society’s complaints process. We wanted to show young people how to complain and not feel worried, and to understand that their opinions help services to improve. We created a slogan: Think it, Say it, Sort it.'

Relove project, The Children's Society in Lancashire

members of the Relove project

'During conversations with our workers, we suggested we do more activities where we could express ourselves through art. We thought of exploring our creative side by using recycled materials as it would be affordable, protect the environment and help us to discover new ideas.'

Listen up group, The Children's Society in Rochdale

a drawing that says 'You shouldn't bully because they are in care'

'With our funding, we decided to create a booklet and a film about what it’s like being in care. We wanted to show what it is like for us, give positive and different stories and change the stigma about being in care. We had a drama session to help us prepare for the film where we talked about items that were important to us and the memories we had of them.'

Peer support group, The Children's Society in Essex

members of the peer support group

'We are a group of young people that meet to talk about our experiences and feelings, because it can be embarrassing and it’s difficult to put into words. We wanted to do an activity which none of us have done before so we went to a trampoline centre. It was a way of congratulating us for completing a support group. We also shared with our worker what we enjoyed about the group so that next time it’s easier for other young people to join.'

Giggling girls, The Children's Society in the North East

members of Giggling Girls

'We are a group of seven young people that have been learning about what makes a safe and healthy relationship. With our funding we are creating a DVD and working with ITV Fixers to get our message across to other young people in schools and youth groups in our area. We have been looking at other resources and we will be making something different so it’s not the same.'

Sugar, The Children's Society in Calderdale

members of Sugar

'We are a group of six young people and with our funding we have made a video to help other young people understand more about how dangerous it is to talk to people you don’t know online. Making the DVD has helped us to explain to adults what happens from our point of view. We wanted to create something that young people like, not old boring stuff that they won’t listen to.'

Hub Squad, The Children's Society in the West Midlands

Members of the Hub Squad

'Using the Pot of Gold fund, we decided to create a visual documentation of the journey we had been involved in to develop the Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) City Centre Hub. This way, our experiences and input to FTB will be documented in a film which can be shown to other young people to tell them about the opportunities they too could be involved in with The Children’s Society. As a whole, we have been able to give our thoughts and ideas for every aspect of the City Centre Hub, from the building itself, to choosing and interviewing for the team members, and even down to the décor.'

Street Safe peer mentors, Street Safe Lancashire

Hands of members of the Street Safe peer mentors

'With our Pot of Gold we funded a residential training session where we learned about being peer mentors from a young person from another part of the country. We had participated in research about the criminal justice system and decided we would like to help others in this situation. During our residential we had training on how to be a good peer mentor for young people going through the criminal justice system as victims and witnesses. By advising police and social workers about what they should do better to help young people, we hope to be taken seriously by these professionals.'


Find out more about Over the Rainbow and Pot of Gold

If you want to find out more about Over the Rainbow and the Pot of Gold funding, visit our Over the Rainbow pages

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team