£500 Charities...

Last week we had our very first '£500 charities' vote! 

This is when our member's monthly membership reaches £500.. we then ask all our IDo members to nominate a charity that they would like to see the money go to. We then hold a vote for the winner!

And our first chosen charity is Kidscape nominated by the lovely Larissa Joice Photography

The money is then donated on behalf of the IDo community and as an extra surprise Larissa also gets a sneaky prize too! An Instax mini!..

Here's a bit of info of what Kidscape is all about!..

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"Kidscape deliver one-day ZAP assertiveness workshops for 9-16 year olds who experience bullying. The workshops are delivered every fortnight at independent venues in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Newcastle and South Shields. Details of upcoming workshop dates can be found on their website.

 ZAP is a fun, interactive day which teaches young people how to be assertive so they can deal with bullying situations effectively. It also aims to raise their confidence and self-esteem, which is achieved through the use of positive reinforcement throughout the day, and interaction with the other young people they meet, enabling them to realise that they are not alone in their experience and that they are not to blame. Parents and carers also attend a separate afternoon session on the same day where they are given expert knowledge of how to effectively support their child. They can take advantage of these free workshops by requesting an application form

You can read more about the positive outcomes of the ZAP workshop, and the fantastic feedback we receive from the families who attend on Kidscape's website."

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We are SO happy to be supporting this wonderful organisation and asked Larissa to share a little bit about why she chose Kidscape..

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"I found out about the IDo community at SNAP photography festival when Emma and Pete launched their idea to the world and when I got home I singed up immediately. I think it's a wonderful way to help out non-profit charities in the local community who are just starting out and need a little help.. and also a way to raise money for charities and causes close to our hearts. Money is pretty tight in our household but donating time and a really small amount of money monthly is something we can do. When you put lots of small things together you can create something really huge. 

When they put the call out for nominations for a charity to be put into the hat and a chance for them to win £500 I was in Leicester attending an anti-bullying workshop with my daughter. She's had a really tough year at school and a combination of bullying and the stresses of SAT's and moving up to Secondary school in September had really taken a toll on her. She had turned from a bright confident girl to one who begged me not to send her to school in the morning because of the bullying she was on the receiving end of.  She couldn't cope with anything new or with anything in anyway challenging which was so unlike her. I found Kidscape on Google and booked a place for her right away (even though it meant an overnight stay being a long drive from home) and also called their anti-bullying helpline. The lady on the helpline had lots of useful information about how I needed to approach my daughters school in order to make sure the bullying was taken seriously. This really helped in getting the school on board and also for me to be reassured the school were actively working to help resolve the situation.

The workshop was amazing. My daughter spent the whole day working with other children and the co-ordinator to learn tools to help her against bullies and in the afternoon another Kidscape member sat down with us parents. He listened to our stories and gave really good honest feedback on both how to help our children and how to work with their schools to resolve the situation. They very obviously knew exactly what they were talking about, had a huge amount of experience and were incredibly professional. 

My daughter had only 3 weeks left of junior school when we got back and I am so so pleased to say she came back with her head held high and with the confidence and ability to stand up for herself and the things she enjoyed doing that would usually invite comment from her bullies. On a number of occasions she had the opportunity to put into practise what she learnt and although it was still hard for her she felt so proud of herself for bring able to take her life back into her own hands. She sang a solo at the school leavers assembly and left school full of positivity and a real sense of belonging with her class mates. I really hope that in the future she can take the skills she learnt and apply them should she need. 

Bullying is such a huge problem in schools and some of the stories I heard at the workshop were heartbreaking. Anything that can help stop it before it happens and can help our children when it does is so worth supporting. So thank you IDo community for voting for Kidscape. It's such an awesome thing." xx

And this is exactly what we wanted £500 Charities to be about.  Shouting about organisations that are doing amazing work and being able to make a bigger impact by coming together! Thank you to all our IDo members for nominating and voting.. we can't wait for the next one!!

You can become an IDo member for as little as £3 a month so if you fancy joining our community then head to our MEMBERS page now!