For 22 weeks of lockdown we had to #keepKEEN. Phone calls, video calls, zoom sessions, challenges and actual letters! Covid19 changed the way we operate but we still provide a free service for disabled young people to have fun and games, socialise, learn new things and gain confidence. Whatever the next 6-12 months throws at us we will continue to #keepKEEN.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124915)
There is no other charity like Keen London offering 1:1 support in all the sessions in London. My son with complex needs is not able to enjoy the universal social activities, he also puts himself at risk. He very much enjoys and participates in all the activities with his coach's motivation.
"I'm so grateful to KEEN London doing all they can to stay in touch with my son & other young people going through the same thing (lockdown).The excitement on his face when he gets a call or joins a live session is priceless, thank you for creating some form of normality in this state of abnormality
It helps with giving Dylan another person to talk to & giving parents a little break. Taking his mind off the family for a while. KEEN have really helped us as parents. Dylan has a friend to talk to when he can't mix with his friends at the moment and then we can relax as parents.
Children with additional, special or complex support needs have been hit hard with lockdown and the restrictions brought about by Covid 19. Essential services have been stopped or reduced, any sense of ‘routine’ has gone as schools and families respond to changing restrictions and sudden ‘isolation’ measures. The culmination of these issues is widely reported with young people and their families experiencing increased mental health and wellbeing issues including stress, loneliness and worry.
Interviews with our families revealed that what 94% of parents/carers wanted most was social activities for their children, followed by emotional support (50%). In response, we created bubble buddies, so athletes can take part in small group trips, have fun, let off steam, share how they are feeling while providing respite for families. For families not comfortable with groups we offer one-to-one support with a volunteer for face to face interaction (in person if possible or video call when not).
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