We are so grateful to each of our amazing volunteers. There are currently around 200 people supporting our work in schools in Maidstone, Medway and Swale. Thanks to their dedication and enthusiasm we reach over 45,000 children and young people every year; with your help, we can reach even more!
There are many ways you can get involved with our work and whether you can spare an hour a week or an hour a fortnight, we’d love to have you on our team.
“I love that everybody is kind and caring to each other and we comfort each other. We make new friends. We care for each other. That is why I love Kingsquad and everything about it. We trust and respect God.”
We are proud of the work we do in the local area inspiring the next generation to explore Christianity. We are committed to delivering high quality, educational activities which meet this outcome.
Over the last thirty years, we have developed new projects and expanded our services in response to the changing needs of young people – this has included growing our networks into Medway and Swale and launching our programme of secondary school work which is delivered by our CAST team in Maidstone.
We support over 50,000 children each year nurturing and responding to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs. We work closely with school staff, church leaders and other community organisations to ensure a joined-up approach that complements rather than duplicates existing provision.
“We are using the Family Trust online assemblies and think they are fantastic! They are extremely engaging, and the children are thoroughly enjoying them.”
Outcomes and Evaluation
Our aim is to inspire the next generation to explore Christianity and we deliver a range of high quality, educational and engaging projects to help us achieve this. Our activities also facilitate a number of additional benefits for children such as improved confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Some of our projects have further, specific outcomes which we measure – for example students attending our Mentoring programme complete a self-evaluation survey rating their wellbeing against various outcomes including health, communication and being safe. Selecting 30 Mentees at random from 2019, their scoring rose from a combined total of 1759 upon joining the programme to 2027 when having their final session.
Our CAP kids money courses, delivered in partnership with Christians Against Poverty, teach basic financial education to those in Years 5 and 6. Our leaders use dynamic activities throughout the sessions to check student understanding and application along with providing feedback forms to be completed by teachers at the end of the course.
Studies have found that having a sense of spirituality can benefit young people helping them to have a sense of purpose and giving them the skills needed to cope with life. Spirituality has also been found to improve emotional wellbeing and may lead to increased attainment at schools.*
Regardless of the project, we evaluate everything we do to ensure it remains effective, engaging and in line with our planned outcomes and values. We record attendance and bookings figures and alongside this quantitative data, we capture qualitative feedback from teachers as well as the children who take part in our activities. Combining this information helps us monitor our impact and plan future services. Our teams meet regularly to share learning and discuss and review their work across the region.
We have regular contact with teachers and headteachers ensuring our activities continue to meet their needs and those of their students; we adapt our existing activities or create bespoke lessons as necessary. We also know that church Youth Leaders have been accessing and sharing some of our digital resources whilst the pandemic has restricted in person church activities.
We are an inclusive organisation and welcome all children, regardless of their faith or even if they have none. The messages and themes we explore, such as having good friendships, caring for our community and looking after the planet are relevant to all young people.
*(The role of school-based health education in adolescent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’, Chester, K. L. et al. 2019.)