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Mistakes & Ladders: the unmistakably marvellous “Ok” Our Kids Community Interest Company

An empowering touching discussion with two inspiring individuals, who in the face of adversity have set up this not for profit company to help young children to deal with everyday dangers.  Also discussed on this podcast:

  • The CIC’s popular book ‘Watch Out’ and the associated board game ‘Mistakes and Ladders’;
  • Helping young kids with mental health issues;
  • The amazing work of rotary clubs in supporting this CIC;
  • The practice of county lines (a form of criminal exploitation where urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns) and working with the police and local authorities to alert children and parents of this practice;
  • The upcoming illustrated and inspiring book for young children ‘Purple Pup Goes Swimming’;
  • New board game for teenagers to tackle mental health and working with 14 different charities to build the game; and
  • the upcoming 20th November 2021 event to raise awareness of the CIC, to be attended by Steve Brown (presenter of Countryfile).

Speaker bios:

Lynn was born in the UK and Tony in New Zealand, having met in NZ they have been happily married for 36 years.

Lynn worked as a PA for CEOs of top companies and organisations in NZ and the UK including the NZ employment service and for the Chief Executive of Wycombe District Council. All of the CEOs keep in touch with Lynn which speaks volumes to her personality and skills. Tony was a commercial artist in NZ and when Lynn brought him to the UK, had many roles, but most importantly as a Police Community Support Officer with Thames Valley Police. Tony was voted the BEST PCSO in Thames Valley in the years 2008/09, 531 were on the pay role.

Tony got cancer and decided to leave the Police and both Lynn and Tony decided to put ALL of their energies into empowering young children around the dangers they may face in today’s society.

They work really well as a team and work sometimes 7 days a week getting their “Watch Out” book and “Mistakes and Ladders” board game out to all the primary school children. They do this with the support of Rotary Clubs and Councils.