Go Kids Go

This project was conceived in 2012 with the ambition of encouraging children and young  people to adopt a more active lifestyle. At the time we were concerned that children were spending more and more time on their phones, computers and tablets.  Being older and not being used to that, we felt it was a bad idea and they should be out and about, running, jumping, kicking balls etc.  The freedom to enjoy more casual groupings on streets and in parks etc is no longer an option and youngsters must now, more usually, join clubs.

Since 2012 it has become more evident that, not only are youngsters not taking physical exercise, but they are increasingly alone (although connected to the world!) and becoming lonely, failing to develop inter-personal skills to enable them to interact with society at large and become better citizens.

So how could we in the Lions club help? Clearly not directly, because we do not have the contacts, the qualifications or the expertise to influence our target groups.

What we are good at is raising money. That is what we do!. We will raise money to support those clubs and organisations which in turn help and encourage our youngsters to engage in activities, in teams and with each other.

Our Local newspaper, the Mercury, was enthused and backed us with publicity, administration and sponsorship.

We asked local businesses to help and they, in turn, saw the benefits of this project. Annually, since 2012 we have raised around £10000 to £12000.

We ask clubs and organisations which help young people in either sport or community endeavours or theatre groups or, indeed anything, which promotes activity and social interaction in the young, gets them away from the electronics and the isolation that that can bring, to apply to usfor a grant to further their work.

We generally attract between 40 and 60 applications. A judging panel,drawn from our sponsors, then decides on the relative merits of each application and award a grant.

Rather than just send a cheque we ask the groups to attend a presentation where the cheques are given (the amounts are not given out publicly). In this way the groups get to know one another, the Mercury gets good copy, the project gets good publicity and it’s a lovely occasion, as you can see from the photographs!

2019

This year our sponsors are, in no particular order:  Nightingales removals,the Grand Pier, the Howard group of garages,  McDonalds franchisees, Trevor Smith flooring, A-Squared Technologies, Mead Realisations, property developers, The Mercury and Weston-super-Mare Lions club.

This year we had 44 applications of which 32 were successful

Club What for (in brief) Amount
Priory Pumas kits and equipment £250
Weston Swimming Club Equipment £200
Ashcombe Scouts Cooking equipment £125
Air Training Corps Squadron Cooking equipment £125
Winscombe Cricket Equipment £250
Boxer Tots Equipment £150
All Stars Dance Gym mats £400
Vogue Twirlers PomPoms £200
Our Way Our Say Activities £500
Locking Park Juniors (U13s?) Goals £500
1st Ashcombe Cubs tents £250
1st North Worle Scouts Flooring for hall £500
Weston Sea Cadets Musical instrument £180
Weston Rugby Club Equipment £200
Locking Brownies residential weekends £250
Super Nova Gym mats £400
Weston Aerobic safety mats £400
St Nicholas Preschool outdoor flooring £500
1st Ashcombe Beavers day walks and equipment £125
Weston Festival of Drama event costs £200
Weston Tennis club Equipment £250
1st Milton Scouts pioneering poles £125
Hutton Primary School play equipment £1,000
Play Wild! outdoor forest skills £220
Priory Juniors FC equipment £250
Flying High Performing Arts Equipment £600
Netball Club Equipment £250
Locking Park FC (U11s) Equipment £250
Boost rebound trampoline Equipment for disabled children £600
Kewstoke School Equpment £250
Hornets Rugby Club Equipment £250
St Paul’s School Worlebury Equipment £250

We hope, very much to continue this project in 2020 with a bigger pot! If you would like to sponsor,  do get in touch, it would be great to hear from you.

We will be asking for applications from mid-May with a deadline of mid –July. Watch the Mercury and this space!

Malcolm Timmis