On Sunday 28th April, Channel 4 aired ‘The Secret Millions’, a documentary which followed the journey of Gok Wan and a group of Kids Company’s young people as they piloted a new ‘job therapy’ programme; a scheme that would develop the emotional resilience and essential skills that our most vulnerable young people need to enter the workplace. Unbeknown to our young people, the pilot was part of a plea to the Big Lottery Fund to ask for a donation of £2million. Kids Company is thrilled to have been awarded this funding and can now make the project available for many more young people over the next two years.
Youth unemployment has broken the one million mark and for young people who have experienced extreme trauma, neglect and continual upheaval throughout their lives, the demands of the workplace can be overwhelming. Many of the tactics and skills used for survival in deprived and violent environments are useless in the workplace and this can leave our young people feeling vulnerable, exposed and unfit for employment.
Kids Company works with young people to help them overcome immense challenges through an attachment based therapeutic model which we supplement with practical and educational support.
If you would like to know more about the job therapy course, click here
To see how some of our young people are getting on since working with Gok, click here