2 weeks at KidsOut – my experience

Here at KidsOut HQ, Jack Harrison, star of upcoming band The Verse has been undertaking a 2 week work experience placement at the office, to find out what it’s like to work within the charity sector. Here’s what he had to say about his two weeks here!

 

On Monday the 16th April I began a 2 week placement at the “fun and happiness charity” KidsOut.

KidsOut is an exceptional charity working with thousands of disadvantaged children who have experienced physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse.  KidsOut works to remind these children and thousands of others living with disadvantages what it is like to be children and just have fun.  I couldn’t wait to get involved.

I began my first day meeting the exceptional team including Gordon Moulds CBE who following an impressive career in the RAF is now the CEO and just as I expected I was warmly welcomed by all and felt like part of the team at once.

I spent my first day with office manager Nick Burrows sending grants to rotary clubs hosting days out for disadvantaged children across the UK. I quickly understood that without KidsOut many of these rotary clubs would simply be unable to host these events. However thanks to the charities hard work feedback such as the feedback below is received on a regular basis.

I cannot thank you enough, we really do appreciate the help and support from KidsOut. It’s always much appreciated when we can put forward something for these families and give them a chance to experience something so happy and cheerful”

I spent a few days with Head of Children’s services Sandra Doherty. Packing toy boxes for children of all different ages filled with a family game, jigsaw puzzle, craft activity, action figure/doll, books, a cuddly toy, sports ball and much more. Here I saw how hands on the charity is in doing things for themselves, collecting the toys, packing them in boxes and transporting them accordingly. All done by only a few staff members and volunteers really showed how committed and passionate the staff are about the charity and all the work it does.

Many other days were spent in the office getting involved with lots of other sectors of the charity from World Stories, Phyzzpod and Big days out, and a couple of days with the fundraising team to find out how the charity generates its much needed funds, all expertly coordinated to ensure the children involved have the best time possible.

I would like to thank everyone at KidsOut for welcoming me into the team for the past two weeks; it has been thoroughly enjoyable to work with such a great group of people for such a great cause.

 

Jack Harrison