We are in the AVIVA Community Fund!
We hope you are well during this uncertain time.
We wanted to let you know we have started a crowdfunding project for which we are aiming to raise £2,500. We would love it if you could donate using the link below to access our project page. Any contribution large or small will be hugely appreciated.
KICK – Aspiring to improve life: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/kick-youth-work-aspiring-to-improve-life
Here is a video to explain more about what we will be doing with the funds raised.
As a youth work charity we are very keen to continue supporting our young people as best we can during this time of upheaval and change.
Please take part in our survey to help us see how we can best do this
KICK Legacy Film
The film for this project is now available to view on our YouTube channel. Click on the link to find out more about this project, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
You can now follow us on Instagram too!
All KICK groups, clubs and activities have been postponed until further notice, in line with the Government advice around Covid-19 and social distancing.
We are all so disappointed but the safety of the young people and their families as well as our staff and families must come first.
Please keep an eye on our website and social media platforms for further updates as and when things change.
In the meantime, please take care and we hope to see you all again soon.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Louise and all at KICK.
KICK Roots is moving!
Our youth club is moving to the Broad Leas Centre, St Ives. From Tuesday 25th February you can find us there from 5-7pm every Tuesday during term time. It is still completely free of charge and open to all 11-14 year olds.
We look forward to seeing lots of you there.
KICK Legacy, a project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund
In October our KICK Legacy project, in partnership with The Norris Museum and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, opened it’s exhibition in the Community Room of The Norris Museum. The exhibition focused on what life was like for young people living in St Ives during the Second World War.
The group of young people involved in the project were learning about their local heritage and took oral histories from local residents who were children in St Ives during WW2. Their stories and memories inspired much of the artwork on display at the KICK Legacy exhibition.
The KICK Legacy group worked with professional artists in film, drama, music, ceramic, willow, textiles and animation to create their artworks and their hard work created a fantastic exhibition to share with the community of St Ives and the surrounding area.
A short documentary film about the project has been made and was screened at the exhibition.
We have had some fantastic feedback from visitors to the exhibition including;
“It has been a great privilege to be involved in this project. It is wonderful to see what the young people have achieved and to see how much they have grown in confidence.” – Artist
“Congratulations to the children and staff on a job well done. We have noticed how the children have grown in confidence from the first time we met to the presentation. Well done.” – An oral histories interviewee and her daughter-in- law.
“A great project to be part of. The students were really good at learning how to make with willow, new to all of them. I’m so impressed with the final exhibition and everyone is rightly proud of their hard work.” – Artist
“The young people have clearly worked very hard to make an interesting and enjoyable exhibition – well done them!” – Member of the public
“Really enjoyed the film. The children have clearly enjoyed the project and it has had a great influence on their confidence. They have been very fortunate to try new skills that I doubt they would have been able to do without attending the project. Well done, brilliant job.” – Member of staff, St Ivo Academy
“Excellent exhibition reflecting a huge amount of work. Great project. Well done.” – Member of the public
“It’s great to see how the young people grew in confidence and learned something of their local heritage.” – Member of the public
“I thoroughly enjoyed the film and noticed how much work went into it. I noticed the enthusiasm of the pupils and they obviously enjoyed what they did. I could see that the project gave them all a great deal of confidence. Well done to them all.” – Town Councillor
Oral histories that were recorded by the young people as part of the project will be entering The Norris Museum’s permanent collection. These will be used in future projects, activities and workshops that engage the public in the history of Huntingdonshire.
“We have worked with an amazing group of young people and have taken great pleasure in watching their confidence grow and develop. We are proud to have been a part of this creative and worthwhile project.” – Susan Bate, The Norris Museum
We are so proud of all our young people who took part in this project. The artwork they have produced is phenomenal and the time and dedication they gave to producing an amazing exhibition of our heritage for the community to enjoy has been incredible.
Our thanks go to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and all the National Lottery players for enabling us to run this fantastic project and produce such a wonderful and lasting resource for our community.
KICK Legacy project secures National Lottery support
Earlier in the year KICK received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £36,000 for an exciting heritage project, KICK Legacy, in St Ives. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the what life was like for young people living in St Ives and the surrounding areas during World War 2. The KICK Legacy project, in partnership with The Norris Museum, has given a group of young people from St Ives Academy the opportunity to work with professional artists in ceramics, drama, willow, animation, textiles, music and film to curate their own exhibition based on their findings from interviewing older residents in the community alongside their own research.
The project culminates with an exhibition to be held in the Community Room of The Norris Museum in St Ives, and is open to the public from 16-31st October.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project has enabled local young people to discover just how different life was for people their age during the war years. The group have taken oral histories of local residents who lived here during that time and experienced, first hand, the aspects of the war that directly affected St Ives, including the arrival of evacuees from London and the prisoners of war.
Through this project the young people have developed new skills in ceramics, drama, willow, animation, textiles, music and film as well as being trained in taking oral histories, and have been working towards a nationally recognised Bronze Arts Award.
By creating this valuable resource for the people of St Ives and the surrounding villages, the young people have been learning about the heritage of the town they live and go to school in, helping them to understand and respect it’s history and recognising just how different life is for them today, compared to the lives of children and young people in the 1940’s.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been able to run this project with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Working in partnership with The Norris Museum and a group of young people from St Ivo Academy we have been able to record a period of time in St Ives history in a very creative and accessible way for the community to enjoy for years to come.” – Louise McCoy, KICK Operations Manager
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.
Have you seen us in…
The KICK Legacy project has been featured in The Hunts Post, click on the link below for the article.
KICK have been featured in this months ‘The Bridge’, a magazine produced by St Ives Town Council.
KICK Roots Youth Club
Remember when we said that KICK have lots of new and exciting projects coming up in 2019…here’s the first one. KICK Roots Youth Club for 11-14 year olds starts on Wednesday!
KICK are recruiting!
We have a vacancy for a part time Sessional Worker to come and join our team. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and covering letter. Closing date for applications is Monday 28th January.
Happy New Year
Happy New Year! We are back and raring to go in 2019. Watch this space for lots of new and exciting projects over the coming months.
Morrisons bag packing events
Many thanks to Morrisons, St Ives for letting us hold two bag packing events last year. We raised an impressive £512.19 over the two days. We couldn’t have done this without our amazing young people volunteering and proving to be bag packing legends. Thank you to them and to every single person who put money into our buckets. Your kind donations will go towards providing continuing support to young people in Cambridgeshire.
KICK Christmas Film Night
Our Christmas film night was very festive and enjoyable with a great film and lots of popcorn! We raised £39 from this event. Thank you to everyone who supported it.
The Time Vine Unveiling – 29/12/18
Today we were very excited to attend the unveiling of the Time Vine at The Norris Museum, St Ives. Some of our young people took part in this project earlier in the year and it was great to see the finished tiles in place with tiles created by other local community groups. The finished vine looks amazing, if you are in St Ives why not pop in to the Norris Museum and have a look.
We have been busy making and baking at KICK this month.
On 21st May we worked in partnership with the Norris Museum with some young people from St Ivo School. The young people in years 7, 8 & 9 produced an amazing piece of artwork commemorating the RAF’s involvement in World War 1. Their creativity was inspiring and you can see the finished product along The Waits in St Ives. I think you’ll agree that it looks fantastic!
The KICK staff got baking this month as we hosted Compass Cafe in Swavesey. All proceeds went straight to KICK and we raised £70.80! Thanks to all at Compass Cafe for letting us host and to everyone who came along and bought some cake.