A note from Aaron, our new Support Coach

Meet Aaron. He recently joined the Kids Matter team as a Support Coach, and is keen to encourage facilitators in all aspects of running programmes in their communities. He loves the outdoors, owns the best dog in the world and has even published a poetry book, “Being Still – A Quiet Revolution.”

Years ago, my friends and I were having a fun conversation about what we would do if we could be Prime Minister for a day. When it came to my turn to answer, I remember instinctively saying that I would make parenting classes easily accessible for every parent in the UK.

At that time, I was a part of a charity that worked with children from communities in London that were facing disadvantages. As a team, we offered the children support, a place to belong, opportunities for them to build relationships with good role models, and the chance to broaden their skillset and experience of life through sports, music, and outdoor activities. Whilst my colleagues and I knew that we were making a positive difference in the lives of the children we were working with, we also knew that ultimately, it would be the environment that the child grew up in at home, that had the most impact on the child’s life.

This is one of the reasons that I am so excited to have just started working for Kids Matter – a charity that is running the kind of parenting programme I wish had been run in the community that I previously worked in.

After only a few weeks of working at Kids Matter, it is clear to me that it is an organisation committed to its mission, to help reduce the impact of poverty on children in need by strengthening families through its parenting programmes. What is amazing to see is that all of the decisions made, systems created, and meetings organised, are geared towards this one goal.

What’s more, is that this ambitious and determined approach to work also seems to be thoughtfully weaved together with a high level of support, reflection, and care that enables the staff team and volunteers to stay connected, coordinated, and well-looked after, something that is not easy to do when you are a remote-first organisation.

It’s still early days for me at Kids Matter, but I am excited to be a part of something that not only do I know is making a real difference to the lives of children all over the UK, but also knows how to achieve it in a fun, focused, and faith-filled way!

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