Care & Support for vulnerable groups
Kick4Life works intensively with severely vulnerable groups through an intensive and holisitic programme of care and support. We aim to support participants in moving from a place of extreme disadvanatge to one of safety, economic sustainability and opportunity.
The programme is focused on children living on the street, double orphans, young people living with HIV and vulnerable women including sex workers and teenage mothers. The model is based on developing an individual care plan for each participant that helps them to improve wellbeing across key areas including health, educations & skills, care & protection, shelter, nutrition and psychosocial.
In addition to taking part in the K4L Curriculum and other HIV prevention activities, the model includes the following:
Mentoring & Referrals
Each participant is linked to a Kick4Life mentor who meets with them on a weekly basis to support their overall development. This includes using the Child Status Index tool to identifty required support across key areas of wellbeing, and linking participants to external service providers that can provide specialist support such as heath, education and re-housing. Kick4Life has established a strong network of referral partners to ensure that participants are referred to the best possible support. The mentor plays a critical role, ensuring that provision is delivered in a coordinated way.
Many participants lack the basic skills needed to get back into school or to gain employment. The Literacy Project teaches basic skills such as literacy, numeracy and computing, which are so important in giving participants the skills and confidence to transform their lives.
The Women4Women programme is a group specifically aimed at supporting vulnerable women. As well as the individual mentoring, the group aspect plays an important part in giving participants a sense of belonging, a chance to share experiences and extend social networks. The group meets weekly to complete K4L Curriculum activities, play sport and attend workshops on topics such as the legal rights of women.
Fit4Work is an intensive one week course designed to empower participants with the skills needed to gain employment and succeed in the workplace. Themes of the course include: communication, workplace conduct, job hunting, CV writing and personal finance. All participants who complete the course are linked to a work placement which can lead to full-time employment. Participants also have opportunities to access Social Enterprise activities.