Project information

Action Kids

Pathway Project started Action Kids in 2009, it is aimed at helping all children and young people in our community and refuges who need help to come to terms with adjustments in their lives. We work with children and young people who suffer from a range of problems and difficult home circumstances.

Action Kids is an existing, ongoing project.

Charity information: Burntwood Pathway Project

Burntwood Pathway Project logo
  • Need


    We work with children who have mental health issues, learning difficulties, autism, have suffered domestic abuse, are young carers, school refuses or are struggling to deal with parental separation.


    We help them build their confidence, self-esteem, independence, social skills and social interaction and we hope this will ultimately enable them to live a more fulfilling and proactive life, both independently and in their local community. We offer children and young people 3 months within our immediate service where they have access to approximately 10 large activities and a number of smaller ones. All of our large activities are based around team work and group support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Action Kids is striving to help children help themselves.


    » All of our large activities are based around team work and group support and have included sailing, kayaking, horse riding and ice skating.
    » Children who successfully reach the end of the program and have personally developed, or reached specific goals, are signposted onto our Youth Club.

    What success will look like

    Children will have the confidence to attend local community activities such as football clubs, basketball, Brownies etc.

  • Impact


    Long term changes include raised self-esteem, increased school attendance, behaviour management, better social development and increased self-confidence. We feel it is important that the children can document their achievements, so at the end of the service they all receive a certificate and their own scrapbook with pictures of them at their activities so that they can show friends and family what they have done.


    The main risk to this project is lack of funding, but we will continue to apply to other trusts.


    Funders of this project will receive a quarterly email report detailing number of children and young people accessing the project, activities attended and feedback from parents and children.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,127

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £23,127 Play Facilitators Salary for 2 Play Facilitators, plus costs
      £5,000 Youth Club Room hire, transport and activities
      £4,500 Expenses Expenses and management for Play Facilitators
      £7,500 Activities Children's activites

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lichfield District Council £15,000 Guaranteed
    Wolves Aid £9,600 Conditional
  • Background


    Action Kids supports children and young people from our refuges in Tamworth and Lichfield and children and young people from the Tamworth and Lichfield community.


    Across the age range of 5-18 years we currently work with 16 children over 3 months, this is the maximum number that we can work with in order to ensure that they receive a variety of activities suitable to their ages, have access to staff and develop their confidence, self-esteem and social skills. We have a waiting list of 40 children waiting to go on the scheme. The Youth Club have an average of 16 children attending the 5-12 years age group and 12 children that attend the 12-18 years group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pathway have been providing services for children and young people for almost 15 years and have developed our services over this period. We have worked with many disaffected young people. We are also proud that our project has been acknowledged by both the Local Children’s Trust Board and Community Safety Partnership as working to better children’s lives through positive activities. In 2012 Pathway were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services, this award is the equivalent to a MBE.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jackie Hughes

    Jackie is our Senior Children's Coordinator, providing one to one support in the community and our refuges. Jackie also volunteers at our Youth Club.

    Nicola Neville

    Nicola is a Play Facilitator, working 25 hours per week, supporting the children and organising group and individual activites.

    Jenny Dougliss

    Jenny is a Play Facilitator, working 12.5 hours per week, supporting the children and organising group and individual activites.