The students – attending Hereford Cathedral School and Crickhowell High School – hope to interest potential teenage funders who are themselves the children of separated families or who have friends or family members currently going through the experience.
KidsintheMiddle.org.uk, is currently home to the group’s fundraising campaign. Visitors are told:
“Kids get stuck between separating parents…….one in four of us! But two helplines have just closed. Government has no money. No-one is doing anything about it – so we are going to!”
Kidsinthemiddle.org.uk will provide mentoring and support for young people experiencing family breakup, with the services themselves delivered by suitably trained young people. The site will be aimed principally at children aged 12 to 16, but it will also be open to younger children.
The campaign site explains:
“The Agony Aunts who started the current campaign receive thousands of letters from children and young people in families that are splitting up. Often the need is very basic: reassurance that they are not the only person in the world having this experience and reassurance that “it’s not my fault”.”
Two earlier sites for young people experiencing family breakup have been closed due to lack of funding.
The campaign aims to raise £50,000, with the planned site set for launch next year. If successful, the site will be the first internet service aimed at children entirely funded by teenagers themselves.
Family judges, lawyers, and charities have expressed their support for the plans.
Duncan Fisher OBE of the Family Matters Institute said:
“This is the first ever “crowd funding” campaign in UK to create a new service for children and it is entirely led by teenagers. A key to their success is the support of adults, which is why we are so pleased that family judges and lawyers are backing their campaign.”
Photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence