Caxton Youth Organisation

Supporting young people to share stories about their lives

For young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the Westminster area, there’s a fun, creative and safe space to learn essential life skills – The  Caxton Youth club. In 2021, we awarded them a grant for an innovative digital media training project, which has helped build young people’s confidence and communication skills.

Professional videographers worked with the young people to make videos to tell stories about their lives. The videos and other content created was showcased on Caxton’s social media channels. The project’s weekly training sessions involved learning to use iPads to make films, editing on Adobe Premiere and filming on Zoom.

  • Caxton Youth Organisation promotes independent living for disabled young people in Westminster.
  • The demand for Caxton Youth Organisation’s services increased by 300% during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Our grant of £12,707 funded a digital media project and paid for the hire of an accessible minibus for one year.

Essential skills and accessible transport

Young people with communication needs were supported by a youth worker, so the media sessions were accessible to everyone. At the end of the project in December, participants presented their  final pieces of work and launched them on YouTube.

Our grant also paid for a specially modified minibus for one year. It’s being used to pick up members and bring them to sessions at the youth club’s Westminster base, and to take residential trips to the organisation’s outdoor centre in Surrey.

“The vast majority of our young people wouldn’t be able to access our services without the minibus. It’s why the charity invested in one 14 years ago and we desperately needed a new one. We’re all absolutely delighted that the Kusuma Trust stepped in to help.”

Rachel Akehurst, CEO, Caxton Youth Organisation

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