Collaboration and partnerships are central to Kids Kabin’s work, sharing practice and skills, and working together to benefit communities. Community partnerships in Newcastle include the Walker Workers, the Byker Children and Young People’s Partnership and the Neighbourhood Youth Projects. We are part of Youth Mutual in Middlesbrough. In Summer 2021 we started working with partners in Hartlepool (see our blog post) to support their development of street workshops.
We also have some great partnerships with local businesses including Jule Wilson Communication, and others that are interested in investing in our local communities. These include N21 in Byker, Gardiner Richardson in Newcastle, and Thirteen Housing in Middlesbrough.
A community-led approach
Having seen Kids Kabin's street workshops, we worked with parents and residents in Byker, Newcastle to help them start a series of themed activity days for young people in their neighbourhood, with support from the local housing trust, families and businesses.
Local schools work with Kids Kabin to bring the curriculum alive, with cookery, pottery, woodwork, arts and crafts to encourage new ways of thinking about topics as diverse as World War I, Ancient Egypt and the Elizabethans.
Kids Kabin finds creative and practical solutions to the needs of each school – whether training children to maintain nursery tricycles or building bird feeders or boxes for their nature garden.