What we do

my AFK (formerly Action For Kids) is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

 

We help prepare young people with learning disabilities for life after school through our accredited education, training and work experience programmes.

 

We also provide mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to age 25 across the UK.

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About our programmes

Mobility Equipment (up to age 25)

Through our Mobility Equipment Scheme, we are able to provide specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS. We accept applications for mobility equipment from (or on behalf of) children and young people up to their 25th birthday.

 

Mobility is about more than movement

The right piece of equipment can mean the difference between playing with friends or being left out; continuing your studies or being held back; living on your own or relying on family, friends and carers.

 

Changing lives

The mobility equipment we provide doesn’t just help children and young people with disabilities move more easily – it allows them to build muscle strength, play safely, socialise with their peers, access education and employment opportunities, gain confidence and become more independent. In short, this equipment changes lives.

Education and Training (age 14+)

Our Education and Training Programme is for school and college students aged 14 and over, who need extra support while they get ready for life after school.

 

Tutoring

Our tutors help small groups of students explore their hopes for the future, helping them to build confidence while developing work-related skills. This is often the first step towards finding a paid job.

 

Work Experience

Students can complete their work experience at our head office, or at our bike shop and café. We focus on developing important skills such as timekeeping, communication and being part of a team. This helps prepare students for work.

Holiday Programmes (age 14+)

During the school holidays, we offer a safe environment in which young people with learning disabilities (generally aged 14 and over) can meet new people and try new activities.

 

Fun with friends

The my AFK Holiday Programme offers the opportunity to try lots of new things, including crafts, sports, dance, outdoor activities and indoor games.

 

Eligibility and costs

Our target age range is 14-18, but we will accept older applicants depending on budget and availability. We charge from £80 per day without transport and £96 with door-to-door pick up.

Life and Work (age 19+)

Our Life and Work Programme is for disabled young people aged 19 and over, who want to live more independently and move into paid employment.

 

Travel training

Trainees participate in supported travel training so they can travel independently to and from work on public transport.

 

Work placements

Our team of job coaches arrange work placements where trainees can try different types of work while improving their skills.

 

Paid employment

Our ultimate goal is to help young disabled people into paid employment that they enjoy. We have been running our employability programmes since 2013, and 88% of my AFK trainees who got paid work through our placements are still in employment.

Advocacy (all ages)

As young people develop and increasingly form their own views, they should be more involved in making decisions about their future. At my AFK we work to help all the young people we support develop the skills and confidence to speak up and advocate on their own behalf. Our passion for advocacy and self-advocacy is woven throughout everything we do.

 

Making your voice heard

We want to make sure that everyone who comes to my AFK has the support they need to speak up about their interests and needs, and to challenge anything they think is wrong.

 

We want young people at my AFK to:

  • Feel respected and listened to
  • Know that they have a choice about what they learn and how they learn
  • Know where to go for additional support if needed
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