Kidzrus was proud to be recognised as the 2020 NMT Community Nursery of the Year Winner and more recently our Director, Nicola Fleury received The City of Salford Ceremonial Mayors Citizen Award for charitable endeavours throughout the pandemic and lockdown periods at a ceremony at Worsley Court House.
Under Nicola’s leadership we are now going one step further by launching “Kidzrus in the Community” based at our Media City setting. The sole aim of flexibly supporting the most vulnerable members of our local community when they need it most in the most effective way that we can.
The terrible events in Ukraine mean that many families have been displaced and separated. Male family members remain to fight in the war whilst mothers and children have been forced to flee their homeland in search for a more settled and peaceful life. The City of Salford has responded by opening up its doors. As of 19 April 2022 some 64 visas have been granted to Ukrainian refugees in Salford with many more expected to arrive in the near future.
At Kidzrus we recognise the horrendous situation that these families find themselves in, arriving in an unknown and foreign country with no more than the clothes that they are wearing. Nicola has stated that “to arrive with children and babies with no support is unthinkable and our pledge is to do whatever we can to help them.”
Salford is a diverse cultural and faith city and at Kidzrus many of our parents are undertaking English courses at Salford City College, Future Skills Centre. We provide care places to babies, tots, toddlers and pre-school aged children whilst parents attend classes.
Our priority is to reach out to those families just arriving from the Ukraine, welcoming them into our community and helping them to settle. We are reaching out to these new members of our local community. We invite children and their families into our setting to discuss as to how and where we may best support their childcare and family needs and alongside other third parties provide a bespoke package that supports their family and individual needs.
We have also arranged for an interpreter to assist with any meetings and are supporting these families with funding applications to Salford Council We offer assistance to those arriving from Ukraine in registering for English courses that will improve their communication skills and allow them to progress further and immerse themselves into the local community. We understand that offering childcare and additional support will ease the transition whilst they obtain education, employment or training.
We are offering other practical support and have also launched the Kidzrus Community Clothes Closet; a discrete way of distributing new clothes to parents in need. We have received an extremely positive response and many existing parents have been happy to make donations of basic clothing items for children.
Our Kidzrus in the Community Scheme has been extremely well received. We are currently supporting two families and have provided communication support so that they can remain in contact with their loved ones in their homeland. One of the families has three children aged six months, two years and twelve years. Speaking anonymously the grandmother, who already had residency in the United Kingdom described the programme and support that she had received from her peers as “a gift from God”. She went on to say that “It’s a beautiful place. We are so welcomed by everyone here. The children have settled in well and everyone is kind. I feel like it’s a gift from God.”
Nicola is mindful of the sensitive situation that many face and how the support that we can make a difference on a local and national scale. “I think it has been a wonderful response from the United Kingdom, and I think that any small business, where possible, can do a little bit because it makes all the difference to these families. They’re so supportive of it! For example, one of the families we’ve recently welcomed, we managed to provide them with an iPad so they can communicate with their family back home. It’s women and children because their husbands are having to stay back home and be involved in the war there. It’s the most horrendous thing.”
Whilst the outcome of the Ukrainian conflict may remain unknown, we at Kidzrus will do our utmost to support those that need it most. To make a donation or discuss how you can support us in our pledge, please contact Gemma Fletcher, Area Manager at Kidzrus Media City setting on 0161 743 9315 or by email [email protected].