Free To Be Kids
Free to Be Kids supports children and young people who are struggling with social or emotional difficulties, and works to help create lasting change for vulnerable children's emotional health.
Free to Be Kids runs 'Thrive Outside' a residential respite project for young people who would not otherwise have any break from often very challenging home circumstances. These young people are given the opportunity to experience pride, joy, adventure and success through countryside based activities.
The Berkeley Foundation is supporting Free to Be Kids to run the Thrive Mentoring Project which works with 11-14 year olds who have already taken part in the charity's 'Thrive Outside' residential project and have been identified as needing additional emotional support. The project provides six months of 1:1 mentoring from a supportive adult mentor, helping these young people to change their negative feelings to ones of value and better emotional health. It is hoped that Thrive Mentoring Project will provide long-term and sustainable change for these young people.