Stories and news from my AFK

my AFK’s Pumpkin Patch!

This halloween my AFK invite you to join us in helping us grow our very own virtual pumpkin patch!

That’s a wrap! Our Summer Holiday Programme comes to an end

See how my AFK was able to adapt our Holiday Programme to deliver digital and face-to-face holiday activities during this most unusual of summers!

my AFK backs new national campaign ‘#PlayForAll’

We have joined a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of the lack of accessibility across the country for young disabled children in public spaces.

Partnerships making a difference

Delvon joined my AFK from Haringey Sixth Form in September 2019 as part of the Haringey Employment Support Programme, which supports disabled Haringey residents aged 18-25 into paid employment.

Lockdown Diaries

See how my AFK are continuing to adapt their services during COVID lockdown.

Supporting young people with learning disabilities to adapt to lockdown

To help combat the challenges of COVID lockdown, my AFK are providing online video sessions offering a wide range of support to our staff, vounteers and trainees.

my AFK’s Virtual Talent Show!

Welcome to AFK’s first virtual talent show. Join us for the grand final on April 25th!

Kerone is looking at the camera smiling whilst shining shoes

Kerone’s smiling big at Cosprop

Kerone came to my AFK with the hopes of finding an employer who was willing to remove the barriers he faced to employment. He secured a job at Cosprop.

Trainee and Community Awards

Every year, disability charity – my AFK, celebrate and reward young people for their achievements. They also award the local community for their support.

Staff Stories: Louise Blay – Job Coach

Staff at my AFK share their stories of what they do working here. This one comes from Louise who is part of our Life and Work team.

Joshua receives new wheelchair to continue his pursuit to Team GB

Stockton-on-Tees teenager, Joshua Holforth (19) receives new sports wheelchair to continue his dream of Team GB wheelchair basketball.

my AFK welcomes the House of Commons Education Committee’s new SEND report, released today.

Today, The Education Committee published its First Report of Session 2019-20, on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND report)

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Paul Atwal-Brice announced as Mother Goose in Pantomime

Paul Atwal-Brice, one-sixth of the Atwal-Brice family, has announced he will be playing Mother Goose in Trinity Arts Centre Pantomime.

my AFK ambassador listed ‘100 most influential disabled people’ for a second year.

my AFK ambassador, Dr Pops has been nominated in the Shaw Trust ‘Power 100’ for the second year in a row.

Staff Stories: Richard Dunham, Fundraising Assistant

Richard Dunham, Fundraising Assistant at my AFK talks about his experience working for the charity.

two people are stood, smiling and holding up signs that explain their work experience. One says "What's your dream job" the other says "Working with Cars"

Work Experience: Student Voice

People accessing my AFK Work Experience are given the opportunity to explore their own learning through goal-directed activities that engage and challenge.

Staff Stories: Andrew Colclough – Events and Community Fundraising Officer

Events and Community Fundraising Officer, Andrew Colclough talks about his role at my AFK.

One Dear World: celebrating diversity with new range of disability dolls

One Dear World has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to expand their range of multicultural dolls to include six new inclusive disability dolls.

Laura peeping through a prison cell door

River Deep, Mountain High

The my AFK Senior Management Team took on three fundraising challenges. Tracey Gilbert-Falconer reflects on the challenges.

Bridging the Disability Employment Gap

The City Bridge Trust’s “Bridge to Work” programme aims to narrow the employment gap for young disabled people in London.

Staff and trainees pose as a group

Working With Disability Week 2019

Highlights from our first Working With Disability Week and our Urban Residential, which took place 15-19 July 2019.

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Harry’s new powered wheelchair

A picture is worth a thousand words: Harry was so excited to get his new powerchair!

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Advocacy and mobility: Sam’s story

Our Mobility Services Team helped 22-year-old Sam obtain the funds he needed for a new powerchair, by advocating on his behalf as well as providing funding.

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Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2019

To celebrate Learning Disability Week, we’re sharing some of our favourite success stories from our Life and Work Programme at my AFK.

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Bloomfield Trust awards my AFK grant to support disabled Londoners into work

The Bloomfield Trust has awarded my AFK a grant of £50,000 to support London’s unemployed disabled young people into work.

Girl with Down syndrome planting beans

Read our latest magazine

Check out the latest edition of the AFK magazine, bursting with news, stories and updates from our team.

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Give It Back – New campaign from the Disabled Children’s Partnership

Today, as part of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), we are launching a powerful new campaign: Give It Back.

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Vote for my AFK in the My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll

Help us to raise votes for my AFK in the hope that we will win 20% of this company’s profits for June 2019!

Urban beach volleyball court with AFK Beach logo and Charity Event Award winners logo

my AFK Beach voted ‘most innovative charity event’

On Friday 17th May 2019 my AFK Beach won ‘Most Innovative Event’ at the first ever Charity Event Awards.

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Disabled Children’s Partnership

my AFK is a proud member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, a coalition of 60+ organisations campaigning for improvements for disabled children, young people and their families in England.

Three photos of a young man at work in an Itsu sushi resturant

Nathan’s on a roll with his new job!

Nathan has successfully completed a work trial at Itsu and secured a permanent work contract! Read more about his journey in this blog post.

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my AFK trainees give evidence on SEND at the House of Commons

Two my AFK trainees presented evidence to the Education Committee’s SEND Inquiry about their experience of support for SEND learners leaving school.

Dr Pops: Why I ‘celebrate’ International Wheelchair Day

my AFK Ambassador and #RollModel Dr Hannah Barham-Brown on why she celebrates #InternationalWheelchairDay.

Artist Jeremy Houghton in his studio

Flamingoes and fizz: an evening with artist Jeremy Houghton

On the 7th February, contemporary British artist Jeremy Houghton hosted an exclusive exhibition of his work in aid of my AFK.

Jamie Green in his new wheelchair in Bridlington, petting donkeys on the seafront

Ambassador guest blog: Two wheelchairs in one

my AFK Ambassador Jamie Green shares his experience of applying to my AFK for a new wheelchair, showing the impact the right piece of equipment (or two!) can have on someone’s life.

Read our latest magazine

Check out the latest edition of our magazine – our first since we rebranded as my AFK.

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Feedback Friday – Urban AFK Residential

Feedback Friday is all about empowering young people to have their say about our services. This is how our young people reimagined the Urban Residential.

Balloons with my AFK logo on them; text reads "Community & Trainee Awards 2018"

Community & Trainee Awards 2018

On Friday 5th October my AFK brought together key partners, Ambassadors, volunteers and trainees for the Community & Trainee Awards Ceremony.

my AFK Mobility Ambassador Jamie Green on stage with other charity recipients of GamesAid funding.

GamesAid members vote for my AFK to receive funding

GamesAid members raised a whopping £213,120 for their nine chosen charities this year, and we are thrilled to be chosen as one of them.

Collage of young people with learning disabilities at work

Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2018: Part 2

It’s Learning Disability Week this week, so we’re sharing some of our favourite success stories from our life and work programme at my AFK.

Collage of young people with learning disabilities at work

Celebrating Learning Disability Week 2018: Part 1

It’s Learning Disability Week this week, so we’re sharing some of our favourite success stories from our Life and Work Programme at my AFK.

Four young people laughing and holding a sign saying This is my AFK

We have rebranded!

Starting in June 2018, we are rolling out our new branding, which we think better reflects the work we do to support disabled children and young people.

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Action For Kids receives Bags of Help from Tesco

Action For Kids (my AFK) is delighted to announce it has bagged £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Young woman with Down syndrome sitting at a conference table with others

Shaping Futures with Schroders

Did you know – disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as their non-disabled peers?

Group of young people in Harris + Hoole coffee shop

Community Heroes: Harris + Hoole

Crouch End coffee shop Harris + Hoole have been awarded as an Inclusive Gold Partner of my AFK (Action For Kids). In the past year they have raised over £1,000 and supported our work in lots of different ways!

Young man with Downs syndrome working in a cafe serving a customer from behind a display counter

We Need To Acknowledge The Talent That Disabled People Can Bring To Our Workforce

On 22 February 2018 in Parliament, MPs from all different parties will be debating the role of disabled people in growing our economy.

Disabled boy cutting fruit for snacks

Healthy Eating Week

January 15-19 was Healthy Eating Week here at my AFK!

Ade Adepitan MBE and Jaspal Dhani posing for photo

Path to Success partnership announced

A partnership with Path to Success charity was announced at a fundraising ball with former Team GB Paralympian Ade Adepitan MBE in attendance.

Christmas Tags

Our Little Christmas Card Shop

With the festive season once again upon us, we wanted to share with you our Little Christmas Shop!

Young woman with red hair in the AFK garden

Celebrating 25 Years of Changing Lives

To mark the occasion here are four of our favourite stories from our mobility equipment programme.

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AFK awards

To celebrate our trainees’ successes in life and work, we held our first ever awards ceremony with VIP guests Dr Popsy and Eastenders actress Lisa Hammond.

Tessa Peake-Jones at the AFK Gala Dinner

Celebrating in Style

Our Gala Dinner to celebrate 25 years of changing lives took place on 2nd November at Royal Horseguards.

Charity gala dinner venue

Action For Kids’ 25th Birthday

We can’t believe it’s been 25 years since our founder Sally Bishop raised money for a powered wheelchair for a neighbour’s disabled son.

Devonshires Chase The Sun Fundraising event

Solicitors Cycling Challenge

Our friends at Devonshires Solicitors are gearing up to tackle a long-distance challenge, raise £10,000 and break a world record.

Annalie working at YO! Sushi

Transitioning to Adult Life

The topic is Transitioning to Adult Life and the Mental Capacity Act for young people with SEND.

Group of young people with member of Co-op staff in store

Community Heroes: Co-op Crouch End

Every two weeks, our trainees visit our local partner and #CommunityHeroes at the Co-Op in Crouch End to practise a variety of skills, including money handling, shopping, communication and organisation.

Crouch End Cafe Bridge

Community Heroes: Crouch End Café Bridge

Crouch End Café Bridge hosts bridge tournaments in the local area, raising funds for my AFK and making them one of our #CommunityHeroes!

Group in board meeting

What is co-production?

Co-production is a way of working together so that professionals and people share power and make decisions on an equal basis.

Cheque presentation

Forest Arden Golf Club

Marriott Forest Arden Golf Club chose my AFK as charity of the year and raised a huge £8,259 through a variety of fundraising events.

Woman running marathons for my AFK

Jo is running 100 marathons for disabled young people

Jo first ran a marathon in 2011 and has now done over 40 so far. She plans on running 100 marathons by 2018… all to raise money for my AFK (Action For Kids).

Pernell is the my AFK Youth Council Chair

AFK Youth Council Chair Announced

Meet Pernell, 20, who is the new chair of my AFK’s Youth Council.

What is advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy helps empower young people with special educational needs and disabilities to speak up for themselves and take control of their lives.

Everyone in at Parallel London

History was made this September at the world’s first fully inclusive event, Parallel London, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Feedback Friday – Advocacy in Action

Feedback Friday is all about empowering young people to have their say and to help AFK understand what each individual really wants from their short break

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Jimmy says “Never judge a book by it’s cover”

This month, Jimmy, a business analyst at Lloyds Bank, gave a motivational speech to our students about getting a job you love.

Fundraising cheque

Thank You GamesAid

We are hugely proud to call ourselves a GamesAid charity and love being part of their amazing family of charities.

AFK Beach Volleyball Championships

AFK Beach Volleyball Championships 2016

For the eighth year running, Action For Kids (now known as my AFK) took up a three week residency in Canary Wharf this month for the Beach Volleyball Charity Championships.

Footvolley

Footvolley comes to AFK Beach

The popular Brazilian sport – which is basically beach volleyball without using your hands – made its debut at the annual AFK Beach Volleyball Championships in London this summer.

School pupils raise thousands of pounds walking from London to Hertfordshire

School Pupils raise thousands for AFK

School pupils raise thousands of pounds walking from London to Hertfordshire

Lisa Hammond presents The BBC Radio 4 Appeal

BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Actress and theatre maker, Lisa Hammond, presented Action For Kids’ BBC Radio 4 appeal this month.

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