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“We have seen Kids Matter work in several different contexts here on the Isle of Dogs, with local parents growing in confidence in their own parenting, and encouraging each other. It’s been a great way to build community – no-one should have to face the challenges of parenting alone.”

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Our Model

Kids Matter partners with local churches and Christian charities with a family oriented mission, as well as organisations that share a vision for reaching vulnerable parents and caregivers where they are. Our 6 week, evidence-informed programme is effective and accessible. Trained facilitators, who are also parents, lead groups, which are coordinated by community links with pre-existing community relationships.

How to become a Kids Matter partner?

If your church is interested in a partnership with Kids Matter we’d love to talk to you and also invite you to a Taster Session, which will give you a chance to learn more. Our partnerships are based on an annual contract with churches. For details of fees and terms, please contact our team and we would be happy to answer any questions.

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Role of the Church

Kids Matter looks to the church leader to suggest someone eligible for training as a Kids Matter facilitator. This could be a staff member or volunteer who is either a parent or who has extensive experience working with children. The nominated individual needs to have direct access to parents (to invite) or have links with others in the community who can invite parents for them. The provision of child care is crucial to the success of our programme, as are refreshments and a venue to host parenting groups.

Role of Kids Matter

We are keen to support the Church in its mission to draw alongside people in hard-to-reach communities; we therefore offer all our facilitators regular telephone and face-to-face support to run our parenting groups, along with workshops and opportunities to network with others in our Kids Matter community.

Our Programmes

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Kids Matter in Community

Our parenting programme offers parents and caregivers practical tips and skills on how to make family life more successful.

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Kids Matter in Prison

Our parenting programme gives parents in prison the tools to build relationships with their children.

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“[Kids Matter is a] parenting programme with a difference: connecting churches with communities, breaking down barriers, practically showing the love of Jesus, relationship building.”

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Church Engagement

50

CHURCH PARTNERS

77

FACILITATORS TRAINED

IN 4 AREAS

LONDON & SOUTH EAST

SOUTH WEST

EAST OF ENGLAND

MIDLANDS

Facilitator Training

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4 days of training from the experienced Kids Matter team

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Lots of practice and space to ask questions

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Strategy for reaching your community

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Opportunity to learn with peers in similar ministry

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Upcoming Training Dates

London

28th & 29th April and 11th & 12th May

Bristol

16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th June 2020

Birmingham

30th June, 1st, 8th & 9th July 2020

East England

13th, 14th, 20th & 21st October 2020

Are you a church or charity with a heart for family and a desire to see lasting change in our society starting with stronger families and stronger communities? If so, Kids Matter could be the answer to reaching and supporting parents facing adversity in your community.